High Altitude Mountain Sickness at Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet
Travelling across the incredible Tibetan Plateau is to venture into the realm of spiritual uplifting This is a world where colors are enhanced The landscape itself constantly remind you that you are truly on the “Roof of the World.”
The scenery takes your breath away ! Soisolated and far from the village of Tingri, thislunar looking plateau landscape makes you wonderhow the monks and nuns survive at the monastery. It is a very long five hour drive in a Toyota SUVwith a driver and a guide.
Pastoral nomads transporting barley and othercrops from village to village.
Nomads and Yaks Transporting barleyand other necessities across the TibetanPlateau
Mt. Everest To the Tibetans, it is known as Qomolangma; to the Chinese, Chomolungma and to the Nepalese, Sagarmatha World’s Highest Mountain at 29,028 feet Permit costs up to $25,000 to climb it As of end of 2007, 2,436 individuals have reached the summit. 210 deaths have been recorded. The dirt road from Tingri to the Base Camp is now being paved at a cost under 20 million dollars.
Magnificent Mt. Everest , the world’s tallestmountain, is visible just minutes before arrivingat the Rongbuk Monastery
World’s Highest’s Monastery at Rongbuk Glacier At 5,100 meters ( 17,000 ft)
Rongbuk MonasteryFounded by a Nyingmapa Lama in 1902 as a meditation retreatNow some 20 nuns and 10 monks live there Source: Wikipedia
The World’sHighestMonasterylies by the footof RongbukGlacier some5100 metershigh, 8 kmfrom EverestBase Camp onthe North Sidein Tibet
Rongbuk Monastery The Large, Round, Terraced Chorten contains a reliquary.
History• The Rongbuk Monastery itself was founded in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama in an area of meditation huts that had been in use by monks and hermits for over 400 years. Hermitage meditation caves dot the cliff walls all around the monastery complex and up and down the valley.• Today, between 20 to 35 Buddhist monks and nuns live there
The Rongbuk Guest House is where we stayed for onenight. We were TOO SICK to do anything !!! Noteven to sign or communicate with each other !
Feeling dizzy and nausea with severeheadache, stomach ache, and pounding hearts
At 17,000 - 18,000 ft elevation:There are no permanent settlementsabove this point anywhere on Earthbecause no one can adjust year-roundto the altitudeLungs expel more carbon dioxide,disrupting the blood’s pH Balance
Kidneys discharge more water to correctthe blood’s acidity, causing dehyrationSample Heart rate : 85 resting, 140 exercising Atmospheric pressure is only 50% that atsea level – climbers take in only 50% asmany oxygen moleculesSource: The Killer Within, National Geographic, May 2003
We declined lunch, dinner, andeven a pony-cart side trip toEverest Base Camp due to acutemountain sickness ( AMS).
As night befell us, we were able to view Mt. Everestfrom our botched window.
Often shrouded in clouds and mist, Mt.Everest was described as "a preposteroustriangular lump" (by George Mallory) and "aglittering spire of rock fluted with snow"with "an imposing head of granite and ice,"(by Noel Odell) and it looms large over theRongbuk glacier, shining white at its feet. Source: Wikipedia
May 19, 2007 3: 30 a.m.Not the Actual Sky at RongbukTHE SHINING STARS were so close – felt like we could reach /touch them
We turned back the next morning Despite efforts to feel better and overcome our High Altitude Sickness We did not take the planned trip by pony cart to Everest Base Camp, 5 miles away. With health concerns, we bided farewell to the enchanting mountain.