Everest/First Ascents: Acclimatizing at Temples in Deboche

It's a down day for Viesturs, Hahn, and team—which means a visit to an ancient Nepalese monastery.

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This spring, superstar mountaineers Ed Viesturs, Dave Hahn, and Peter Whittaker will tackle Everest as the First Ascent team. Joined by some of climbing’s best and brightest young talent, this Eddie Bauer-sponsored group of all-stars will chronicle their trek to the top of the world right here on BACKPACKER.com with daily blog updates, videos, photos, and more.

The team spent today preparing for their next elevation push. Check out the breathtaking images from their visit to Thyangboche Monastery, one of the most important religious centers for Sherpa culture in the Khumbu region, and see the video introducing expedition photographer Jake Norton.

Thyangboche Monastery—the spiritual heart of the Khumbu—with Khumbila rising behind.

A ceremonial butter lamp sits alight at the Deboche nunnery.

A monk lights butter lamps during morning prayers at Thyangboche Monastery.

The memorial plaque for a member of the 1963 American Mount Everest expedition.

Today was another acclimatization day here at about 12,500 feet. Production team went out predawn to catch the early morning prayers at Tengboche and shoot in early morning light. Unfortunately the low clouds and fog didn’t cooperate with our lighting wishes. Nonetheless we filmed a great dispatch, in which we introduce our photographer Jake Norton.

—Cherie Silvera

The content of this blog has been provided by Born Out There, the First Ascents blog. For more on the expedition, go to http://blog.firstascent.com. And for more climber footage, watch our video interview with Viesturs, Hahn, Whittaker, and more.

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