Nankartshang Peak - 5050m
24.03.2012 - 24.03.2012 23 °C
We have two nights in Dingboche before we move on and today was an aclimatisation walk to prepare for the harder days ahead. The objective for the morning was to scale the Nankartshang Peak, at 5050m the highest I've ever been outside of a plane. We started our steep decent early taking it slowly, slowly with Mr Pemba in the lead. As we gained height the air became thinner and thinner and rest breaks more frequent to get our breath back.
At about 5000m two of the party had to turn back due to breathlessness and I must admit I nearly did as well. But with perseverence and a stop to take in gulps of air every 10m or so the objective was at last achieved. The views were spectacular and won't be done jsutice to by any photographs. After about 20 mins we started to desend and as we got lower and lower the breathing started to get a lot easier. Lunch of a celebratory egg and chips followed by a hot shower and we are ready for whatever tomorrow has to bring. This afternoon is chill out time and we are making the best use of it. I think I might just have a nap.