Everest Base Camp - Day 7 (Dingboche - Lobuche)
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Another 7:30 AM start for the day with breakfast and on the trail by 8:00 AM. Finally a perfectly clear day. After an initial climb out of Dingboche (that can be seen in one of yesterday's photos), we came upon a wide sandy plateau above the Khumbu Khola. Below us we could see the river and Pheriche - an alternative stop to Dingboche on the way up towards Base Camp. Views of the mountains in all directions were superb. Took lots of photos, probably too many (and not all our displayed here).
Ascended slowly to Dughla at 4630m (15190 ft) for a tea stop. Then a long, steepish ascent up to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
At this vantage the glacier is an odd site. Unlike typical glaciers I have seen in South America or Alaska, Khumbu is completely covered by rock and dirt and only small bits of ice are visible this far down the length of the glacier. But when we were quiet and the wind eased we could hear the glacier's song.
Back at the lodge, everyone was feeling pretty lethargic from the altitude. A few people were suffering some early stages of altitude sickness. Nothing major but enough to be of some concern. I popped a Diamox tablet to help with the altitude tonight finally as well. Dinner came at 6:30 PM as usual and most everyone headed to the cold bedrooms soon after as tomorrow was the ultimate goal of the trek, Everest Base Camp, and this meant an early morning start (6:00 AM).
One final note - Lobuche was by far the worst location I stayed out in both my treks. Lodges here were more dirty and grimy than others we had stayed in. Rooms were very cold and breezy which made an uncomfortable night at altitude even more so. Food was not as good as other locations and I am not holding any place to a very high standard in the first place. Not that I was traveling for the accomodations, but Lobuche was definitely the roughest of the nights I had in Nepal.