Pangboche (3860m) to Dingboche (4360m)
Make it through the night managing to put off going to the yak toilet until 0600. It's actually a very nice toilet and quite peaceful out there in the early morning light. Enough toilet talk...
Slow start, we dont leave until 0830, projected time is a 3 hr easy walk to Dingboche. It is in fact pretty easy, we cross the Khumbu Khola, lots of gentle up and down, we follow the Imja Khola pretty much the whole way with the sun on our backs. The way is punctuated by various coloured yaks and sizes- or are they dzopkayu? Take a morning tea break at 0945 - we sit in the sun, very peaceful. Soldier on over flat terrain, take another break, walk a bit further and see Dingboche off in the distance. The entire way this morning has been incredible, big white mountain view everywhere! The town is all but deserted, very few shops are open. Our teahouse is called Sonam Friendship Lodge
, it's looking appealing- the courtyard is really sunny. There is a water source and a clothes line (=washing!), all in direct sun. There is one happy chook (more on this
later) roaming around. Our room #205 is interesting- floor to ceiling and
ceiling green carpet, any other available space is painted in a similar green- it feels very golf course-esque. The window is opaque- hmm. But wait, the other window is not and it reveals the most amazing mountain view. Unroll the sleeping bag and head off for another bowl of veg noodle soup. Begin to feel incredibly tired and nearly fall asleep. Weird, because it was an easy walk (actually took closer to 5 hrs) and we had multiple stops. Altitude effect?
Nothing like an afternoon hike up the hill to re-energise. The plan is to get acclimatised and enjoy it. We start off slowly, criss-crossing through low vegetation. Pass a few chortens and bleaching, ragged prayer flags. Further up is a more substantial chorten with lots of little stone towers- deurali. I add mine. Far off in the distance we see even more white flags- that's where we are heading. Off I go. Mary and Dhana follow. The dzopkyu and yak are grazing on seemingly inedible vegetation around us. A new plant emerges- it looks like a dried up palm leaf, it's papery brown and makes a
constant rustling noise. As we are heading up the north face the wind really kicks in- "Halwi Laxmi"- the brown papery plant is frenetically rustling.
Finally reach the 2nd set of white flags - 4600m. Take many photos, feeling very, very good. Celebrate with a snickers bar, as you do (thank you Stephane). I build a new deurali and add to existing ones all the way back down the hill. The Sonam Friendship Lodge
welcomes us back- our room is warm, very warm- thanks to the non opaque window with a view. Celebrate by removing some clothes and having a wet wipe wash. Mary goes off to do some washing. Reconvene in the very warm dining room. There's a little white dog enjoying it too, the same little white dog then enjoys licking the tops of the tomato sauce bottles as it walks on all of the tables in the dining room.....Break out the Yahtzee- damn, the Nepalis beat the Australians! The trekker numbers swell by 1 as Ben from Darwin arrives.
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