Agree with @Ed_C , he covered it very welll.  But I'm wandering where in the world 6000 cal per day came from?  IMO it's not realistic and probably impossible to pack/carry/figure out.

The 1.5-2lbs per day is a very good rule-of-thumb.  FYI hiking above 10,000, one tends to not to have a good appetite anyway, for what it's worth.

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