We arrived in Pangbuche in the afternoon after hiking for seven hours straight. Exhausted beyond any previous experiences we’ve had because of the altitude. To proper acclimatize the body to the high altitude we stayed in the village of Pangbuche for two nights, doing a hike to 4600 meters on our spare day.
When going to high altitudes your body needs to adjust a tolerance to the lack of oxygen in the air or otherwise you might develop altitude sickness which if not treated could progress into a fatal state. On 4000 meters the oxygen level in the air is only 60% making it feel heavy on your breath. When your body acclimatize, the lungs expand and the blood creates more red blood cells to easier pick up more oxygen from the air and transport it to the cells. Climbers on Mount Everest stay in Base Camp for two months to start adapt their bodies to the extreme altitudes they’ll face on the climb towards the summit on 8848m where the oxygen level is only around 30%.
On our acclimatization day we started hiking up to Ama Dablam Base Camp. We heard the season was still going on for a few more days and wanted to meet some mountaineers face to face. A short hike, but hill after hill and it felt like we were never gonna reach it until all of a sudden the summit appeared closer than ever with a few colorful tents left on the bottom. On this sunny day around 35 climbers tried to summit the sacred mountain Ama Dablam, I wish I knew how many of them succeeded..
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