Climbing Ama Dablam Day 21: Over the Cho La (5420 m.)

The plan is to leave Dzonglha and head over the Cho La (a pass) to the settlement of Thangnak. There will be beautiful views looking back to  Ama Dablam.

Did You Know?

The country of Nepal has been recorded to have at least 19 different types of forests and other dominant vegetation. There are an estimated 1,500-2,000 plant species growing there.

Find Your Fit Fact

Over-training is another mistake that a lot of people make. They don’t take time to rest and let the body recover from all the training that they do and this can lead to injuries and fatigue. Take one or two days a week to let your body recover.

Find Your Fit Activity Suggestion: Story Game

Explain to students how the forests of Nepal are rich in plant diversity. The diversity and great growing conditions (due to plenty of rain and sun) make for enormous tress throughout the area and are also a great habitat for many exotic animals. In this game, the students will get a chance to escape these exotic animals while they run, jump, climb, and swim through the forest as they race to meet their mountaineering crew. They will require physical skills, quick thinking and endurance in order to react to the instructions given by the teacher and keep up with the activity’s pace.

Materials Needed: CD player with a CD/mp3 with Jungle sounds; create a brief story (approx.10 mins) related to your topic.

Activity Description:

This game begins by the teacher getting the students to line up in a large circle in the center of the gym. The sounds are then turned off and the teacher joins the circle. Tell the students about a young adventurer who got split up from his or her team on the way to base camp and needed to get to them quick before they started to climb the mountain. He or she knew the direction the team was in but had to maneuver through some obstacles along the way. The teacher then says that in order to prepare for Mt. Ama Dablam, the climber had to train hard by running, jumping, climbing, & swimming. As the teacher says each one, he or she acts out the motion and then the students do the same: runs on spot, jumps while running, stands up and uses arms above head to climb, lays down on belly to swim.

Once the climber finished training, he or she begins the journey and ventures through the forest acting out each move when necessary (always keep feet moving even in between different actions) while chased periodically by different jungle animals (Monkeys, crocodiles, tigers, lions, etc.) There are also points when the adventurer has to swing on vines, chop through tress, and climb out of quicksand! The students can follow these actions as the story progresses. There can be many different twists put on the story. Eventually the adventurer gets to the end where the team is waiting for her or him. The teacher says that if the adventurer wasn’t so fit from all the training exercises, he or she would not have been able to get through the jungles obstacles and escape all the animals.

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1 Response to Climbing Ama Dablam Day 21: Over the Cho La (5420 m.)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes!! Cho La pass above Goyko. The only other better views were from our camp above Goyko lake.

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