Graeme and Leanne Carling Climb for a Cure: The Everest Diaries – Day 7

Day 7…that was tough!

On the seventh day of our trek to Base Camp, we embarked on the most challenging hike from Debouce to Lebouce. Breathing is becoming increasingly laboured as the air continues to thin. The journey however, was filled with more stunning views of the Himalayas and encounters with friendly locals and fellow hikers.

The trail was steep and challenging at times, with uneven paths and rocky terrain. However, the stunning views of the snow-capped peaks in the distance kept us motivated. You can’t help but be in awe of the surroundings, and driven by the challenge to reach the destination.

After a few hours of hiking, we reached a small village and stopped to refuel. Whilst the food has not been particularly appetising, it’s always welcomed and keeps fuelling our trek.

As the day progressed, the altitude continues to take effect. The air was thin, and my breathing became laboured. However, our experienced guides made sure we took it slow and steady, reminding us to stay hydrated and take breaks when necessary.

Finally, we arrived at Lebouce, a small settlement at an elevation of 5,030m, our destination for the night. Lebouce will be our last overnight stop on our trail to base camp as we trek to our final destination tomorrow. It is a popular stopping point with some basic stone lodgings, and the most incredible views of Mount Everest.

As we settle into our accommodation for the night, I reflect on the journey so far. The hike from Debouce to Lebouce was a reminder of the challenges, and rewards of trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest. It was an experience that tested my physical and mental limits, but also one that filled me with a sense of accomplishment and gratitude.

Tomorrow, we will continue our journey to base camp and I expect it to be even more challenging as we climb higher. For now, we will refuel and try to get a good sleep before our final ascent to tomorrow.

Leanne and Graeme are raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to support their efforts to find a cure for Type-1 Diabetes. In a bid to raise as much money for the charity as possible, Graeme and Leanne have launched a JustGiving page which can be found here: