After spending three nights (1st-3rd) in the Sherpa village of Namche and at an elevation of 11,300ft, we left for the Sherpa village of Debuche at an elevation of 12,300ft.
After two nights (4th-5th) at Debuche, and a short 15 minute walk to the Tengboche Monastery, we spent our rest day exploring the Monastery and sitting in on the afternoon prayer session of the monks that inhabit this mystical and spiritual place.
Yesterday (6th), we departed Deboche for our next stop on this trek, the 14,200ft town of Pheriche. Pheriche is situated in a large valley with spectacular views of 20,000ft mountains and the next objective in our not too distant future, Lobuche peak. We plan to be leaving for Lobuche peak tomorrow and will spend a couple days at our base camp there. After acclimatizing for a couple nights there, we will then continue onto Everest base camp for a couple nights and then head back to attempt a summit of 20,076 foot Lobuche peak.
Acclimatizing to these thin aired environments can be both mentally and physically demanding. It is a test of ones ability to remain present in a landscape that is both harsh and beautiful and to do so with intention that each foot will get us closer to what we are searching both externally and internally.