Everest Base Camp Day 3

April 9th, 2014 at 3:07 am by David Farrar

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Water in is not generally safe to drink, so normally you boil it first and then also add a water purifier such as Aquamira. Seven drops from each bottle per litre. You’re meant to drink four litres a day to stop dehydration.

On the health front our guide also has a little gadget that you stick on your finger and it measures your oxygen level in your blood and your pulse. On the first night my blood oxygen level was around 95% and resting pulse 56 beats per minute. That was at around 2400 metres. On the second night the blood oxygen was 91% and pulse 67 so it will be interesting to see how much more it changes as we go up.

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Today was a rest day, or more accurately an acclimatisation day. We did a three hour walk in the morning, so it wasn’t that restful. Here we go through some woods up to the local museum.

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You can see the museum at the far left, and the army barracks in the centre. Quite funny to see armed soldiers putting out laundry!

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Outside the museum you get your first view of . It’s the peak on the left in the background.

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This exhibit has some rocks from the dead sea, so stuff from the lowest point on Earth is at the view of the highest point on Earth,

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Me with Everest in the background.

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After the museum we then did a 300 metre climb up the hill over Namche. And I mean a climb. Almost straight up – it was a zig-zag but each zig and zag was only four metres or so. A view of some crop and farm land below.

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A helicopter flying overhead.

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And it landed at a small airport around two thirds of the way up. Only choppers land here now. Once they had six seater planes landing here, but the runway is far too rough for that anymore.

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We finally made it up to 3,770 metres and there was a tea house up there.

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We had morning tea up here and the photos can’t capture how amazing it was. On all four sides we’ve got views of snow covered peaks – yet it was a warm day.

So far during the trek it has been warm during the day – I’ve had on just shorts and a merino top. But in the evenings it is already getting bitterly cold – wearing two layers of merino, a puffer jacket, gloves and a beanie – and am still cold.

 

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I love how they define what a long toilet use is!

Extra is how the lodges make most of their money. The actual room costs around 300 rupees which is around $3.50 NZ only! But wireless is 500 rupees, electricity 200 rupees, a shower 150 rupees etc so that is where they get more of their income from. Still incredibly cheap though.

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This is how I am managing to blog. The local telecommunications tower.

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Quite different terrain up here – bush and open plains to a degree.

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This is by the airport and is the local cremation site. I pity the locals who have to carry a body all the way up here.

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A great view of Namche Bazaar from above.

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One of the things I love about being here is that yaks and mules are constantly making their way along the streets along with all the humans.

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Today is the last day it is safe to eat meat. The hygiene standards (and accommodation standards) drop significantly from tomorrow, and it is not safe to eat meat. So I had a steak as my final meat for the next 12 days.

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8 Responses to “Everest Base Camp Day 3”

  1. Rich Prick (1,557 comments) says:

    Great stuff. I didn’t hear that about the meat, I just assumed it was “tired mule”, but then I did shed a quite a few kilos in a rather thermonuclear fashion.

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  2. UrbanNeocolonialist (184 comments) says:

    I think I would advise anyone doing the trip to take flavoursome condiments – like t-sauce, chilli sauce, mustard, curry powders, stock cubes, salt, pepper, vinegar. As meat free the locally sourced veges become exceedingly bland at high altitude (potato eggs and spinach?). And staple dal bhat (rice and lentils) becomes near-tasteless as they skimp on the expense of spices. Of course tastier options are available if you are willing to pay more (and that is a good thing as it provides more work for the porters carrying it in).

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  3. Laksa (15 comments) says:

    My one bit of advice is to drink rehydration drinks – even if you don’t think you need to. Worst case scenario – you have expensive pee.

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  4. Huevon (192 comments) says:

    Man, I want to do this now.

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  5. UrbanNeocolonialist (184 comments) says:

    Definitely best way to lose weight fast Rich Prick. I dropped 10kg in 20 days, without being sick. Met some great people too.

    Nepal is a total fuckup of a place – due to massive birth rate no longer balanced by famine and disease. They could be rich if they hadn’t multiplied their population by 4x since Hilary climbed Everest. Tremendous hydroelectric potential, abyssmal and deteriorating infrastructure, dirt poor as they all try to scrape by at subsistence levels with hopelessly inefficient industry and dreadful government. Just a shabbier version of India without the glimmers of hope.

    Need a 1 child policy for a generation to fix it.

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  6. Hugh Logan (1 comment) says:

    David,
    No doubt you are aware that many of the peaks (not just Everest) you are looking at were first climbed by kiwis. Impressive eh!

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  7. iMP (2,248 comments) says:

    David, you’re just “yak…yak..yak.”

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  8. hj (6,382 comments) says:

    Nepal is a total fuckup of a place – due to massive birth rate no longer balanced by famine and disease. They could be rich if they hadn’t multiplied their population by 4x since Hilary climbed Everest.
    …….
    “It is anathema to myself – as it is to the Green Party – that any person should interest themselves in the right of any one to choose how many children they have,” said Mr Locke.
    https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/greens%E2%80%99-population-policy-misinterpreted

    Sorry couldn’t help it.

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