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By Jennifer Zivic
Monday, November 15, 2010
So, after leaving Namche Bazaar, a real hub up here in the mountains it was off to more desolate locations where you can get a real feel for what the hard life is up here for the people of the Himalayas. We spent the night in Thame, Khumjung and Tengboche which are all at 12,000 plus feet. This was to test our abilities and acclimitize our bodies properly. And for the last 2 nights we have been in Pheriche at 14,000 plus feet with a day hike today on our rest day to over 16,000 feet (some rest day I say!!). It has been very challenging physically as well as mentally dealing with the steep upgrades on the hikes as we get higher as well as the cold and rustic conditions we westerners are not accustomed to. But I am loving every minute as I know this an experience that I will never forget and will broaden my sense of the world!

In Tengboche, which isn't more than a bakery, lodge and a monastery I was able to meditate with the monks of the valley during sunrise. An amazing experience whether you are a Buddhist or not. Today we we were given a lecture on High Altitude Sickness at the clinic here - an amazing group of people volunteer here during the different seasons to take care of the tourists and locals that come in with related sicknesses...two severely sick patients came in while we were there today. It is unbelieveable what can happen and how these people help each other - so we made a donation to help them get more supplies. I hope to check in again but likely it will not be until after we hit KalaPattur (higher than EBC) and Everest Base Camp on Tuesday. I hope I will be sharing a success story and good news of our decent and return.

Thanks for your warm wishes, Jennifer.  

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