We left Base Camp for the first time to hike up to an intermediate Camp at 5750m. We followed the glacier tongue of Rongbuk glacier before climbing up into the right tributary of the Eastern Rongbuk glacier which will lead us up to the North Col (7050m).
The surrounding mountain scenery is just impressive with massive 7000ers like Nuptse (7879m) and Pumori (7045m) towering above us and blue seracs (steep ice pyramids up to 60m high) right in front of us. It is stunning to see how many yaks are on their way to transport all the mountaineering gear from CBC (5150m) up to Intermediate Camp (5750m) and Advanced Base Camp (6400m). Honestly, it was pretty annoying for us to always step aside from the slippery trail to let the yaks pass us by.
We found out that most of the trash on the way here does not come from the mountaineers and their crews but from the Tibetan yak drivers which throw their rubbish away. As we happily found two official litter deposits on the way we just started to clean up the yak drivers rest places on our own.
With some stops for filming, taking pictures and a small lunch break we needed about five hours to reach our camp. Hannes noticed the altitude difference with one of his worst nights ever. It was really cold with temperatures down to -15°C. On the next morning, after drinking a lot of tea, the headaches were gone and we had a nice acclimatization trip on the middle moraine of the Eastern Rongbuk Glacier up to 5900m and celebrated Nils’ birthday. Again, happy birthday, Nils!
The second night in Intermediate Camp felt much better. The morning after we went back down to Base Camp to recover only to find out that we are facing a little bad weather front with a bit of snowfall. Perfect conditions for good things like eating, listening to music and just taking things easy until we move up higher to ABC (6400m) on Sunday.