After the 2 hour trek from Dingboche to Chhukung, we rested for the remaining day to acclimatize further at the elevation, 4.7kms high to be precise.
The next day we woke up early and started our climb to Chhukung Ri which is a 5550m trekking mountain. This is where our real adventure began. Whatever we did till then were baby steps. We pounded and broke out lungs for 2-3 hours, and made it up the last point of the Chhukung Ri peak. We stopped and cried looking down at the sheer height we had reached.
We returned back to the village in no time but had to bear the consequences of going high. Our heads wanted to explode, such was the feeling. The Sherpas were quick to order in the all powerful Sherpa garlic soup and I was back to normal after a few hours rest.
Once I got better, I spent the day reading a book by Reinhold Messner about his antics in the Himalayas. It wasn’t even close to what we were doing or what we had been through.
Altitude: 4730m/ 15518ft
Altitude: 5550m/ 18209ft
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