An update from six-time Everest summiteer Tim Mosedale – 3rd May.
“Rest days at altitude are pretty much essential otherwise recovery between acclimatisation rotations is nigh on impossible.
“Having said that there’s a limit to the number of days you can veg at EBC without going stir crazy. It partly depends on how long you envisage having down time and that is determined by the weather, the logistics and how rested your Climbing Sherpas are. Later, when it’s time to be looking at summit bids, it also depends on whether the ropes are in.
“This year is rather unusual in that visiting other camps, or trying to catch up with folk you might know, is strictly verboten. This makes the downtime even more difficult as we are all pretty much confined to our own camps (and rightly so).
“But that doesn’t mean you can’t go for a stroll in a socially distanced manner.
The local peak is Kala Patthar and affords fantastic views of Everest and Lhotse. For trekkers this 5,644m peak it is usually the culmination of their EBC trek. It is a worthy viewpoint and a very credible achievement.
“For people attempting Everest and Lhotse it is an acclimatisation hike to get them out of EBC and get the legs moving.”