- Date: June 12, 2017
- Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2
- Elevation: 11647ft to 12599ft (952ft gain- acclimatization)
- Distance: 7 miles
- Hiking Time: 3.5 hours
- Vegetation Zone: Mooreland
I felt like I rested a little better today, but still woke up quite early around 4:30am. We got out of our tents to watch the beautiful sunrise. Today is an acclimatization day. Our walk to Shira 2 camp which is still in the plateau was to be relatively flat. We took our time enjoying the scenery on the trail.
We reached to the campsite a little past noon. We were greeted with another delicious hot meal of soup, salad, vegetables, potatoes and fresh fruits. We took a walk around the area. I loved the location of this campsite, Dharmesh and I had an amazing view of the mountain straight out of our tent. We took a brief nap after lunch and got ready for an acclimatization hike in the afternoon. The goal was to climb to a higher altitude (lower oxygen) to train our lungs before coming down to sleep at our campsite at a lower altitude. We climbed up about 1000ft on the ridge marked by hundreds of cairns and enjoyed the beautiful sunset before climbing down.
Dinner of rice with vegetable sauce was ready for us when we came back from our acclimatization hike. Lodrick briefed us about our plan for the next day at dinner. Tomorrow, we would climb up to 15000ft elevation to the Lava Tower before climbing down to our campsite. He advised us to rest well for an early start tomorrow. We started taking Acetazolamide (Diamox- the medicine that helps reduce symptoms associated with altitude sickness) in preparation for tomorrow’s larger gain in altitude.