Day 17: Moving from Base Camp to Interim Camp

Today we started our two days trek from Base Camp to Advance Base Camp. The idea is to go slowly and spend a night in a Interim Camp at 5800m where we can have some food and plenty of sleep before moving to Advance Base Camp at around 6400m. That way we won’t drain all energy reserves now that we are not fully acclimatized. In theory the whole trek from BC to ABC is 17km with a total elevation gain of 1200m, which is brutal considering the extreme altitude at which we are moving now, just after two weeks since I left sea level.

The trek to IBC is extraordinarily ugly, dusty and dirty. Probably the worst I’ve ever done in my life, and it took me about 4 hours to complete it. The views are monotonous all the way, with no sight of Everest at all, just minor peaks adjacent to the glacier moraine. There are groups of Yaks all the way up, and they are fast and dirty, so you have to stop multiple times to leave room for them to take you over. Breathing is difficult, but with a heavy back pack, the worst thing for me was feeling my legs very weak.

I’ve left BC at some time around 13:00, and I was in a precarious tent with my buddy Markus a bit before sunset. We had a delicious soup and pasta with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese (from Spain, LOL) and we are now supper positive and ready to sleep and seize the day tomorrow!

Nighty-nighty blog followers and friends zzzZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz

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