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Published: August 9th 2017
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I woke up around 6am to some fierce wind outside and i was feeling a cold breeze on my neck, so i checked the windows and saw one was open, i though "bloody hell" that was probably open all night. The older Canadian couple had told us that it was -3C in their room. But i did manage to have a descent nights sleep. I got out of bed and walked to the monastery, but being 7am nothing was open yet so i went for a walk around the small village which was like a ghost town cause everything was closed due to off season. I ran into Jasper and we took a short walk to warm ourselves up before breakfast.
All of us tucked into some porridge and warmed ourselves up by the fire, by then the wind had completely gone and we had some pretty stunning sights of the sun hitting the mountains.
We set off at 8:30 for Dingbouche. I had a small headache in the morning, probably from altitude but after an hour of drinking plenty of water i was fine.
We followed the trail down through the trees and followed the river to Pengbouche. At 4000 M.A.S.L
the tree line slowly fades away and is replaced with baron land where only shrubs and rocks are present. It was an amazing day, one of the best since Lukla, not cloud in sight. Even as i write this at 4:30 there is still no cloud. By 2pm yesterday the whole landscape was covered in thick cloud. As we follow the trail the Everest summit slowly duck's behind Mount Nuptse, but Ama Dablam remains a dominant figure. More mountains present themselves as you pass through different valley's.
For lunch we stopped in Shomare for some garlic soup, which Krishna tells us is better for the altitude. I gave Krishna a listen to my Ipod, he seemed to like Bulls on Parade by Rage against the machine. The trail splits into two ways, one to Periche and the other to DIngbouche. Chelsey was feeling really tired and wasn't sure if she could get to Dingbouche, but she pressed on and got there, well done on her. We all knew we could rest the next day for an acclimatization day.
We checked into our accommodation which wad packed with the group of fifteen.
I started to get another small headache so i went
to my room and rested for a while. Somehow i got locked inside my room from the outside, so i had to wake Chelsey and Dustin to get let out.
I kept thinking how Radek was doing and if he was feeling better. I was now starting to feel the effects of altitude and was hoping the garlic soup would do it's job and keep me healthy for the next day.
Dingbouche is 4400 M.A.S.L and we had climbed 600m in altitude, clearly the highest altitude i have ever been at and Kala Pathar is 5500 M.A.S.L. Krishna say's that you can only spend 30min at Kala Pathar before you get a headache, just enough time for photos.
After some rest my headache went away and Krishna knocked on the door at 5:30 for dinner. I went upstairs to a full room, the group of fifteen were all there waiting for their dinner as well. Too busy for me!
Once again i got Sherpa stew and also finished off Chelsey's. We played some cards and Dustin and myself had a round of Cribbage to which i lost. Just thinking about the group of fifteen gets me wondering how they all cope. They were with
GAP Adventures and booked overseas, so it's bound to be expensive and the price doesn't include food and water.
I'm glad that I'm not part of a big group like that, i think it would be chaotic and you would be restricted to time schedule where as doing it yourself you can take your time. Sure being ina big group you meet many people and can have fun, but maybe not for a trek like this where so much can go wrong. 12 out of the 15 were English.
As Chelsey and myself went to go to the toilet we were immediately captivated by the night sky and the sheer amount of stars spread throughout the sky. Not a cloud in the sky all day, so amazing.
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