Day 179: E.B.C. trek day 5, Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)
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Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: Ryan & Kate (Scotland), Fiona, Tory, Ben & Simon (UK)
Today was a steady four hour walk to Dingboche. Once again it was very misty, but today I didn't mind. The first part of the walk was a few hundred metres downhill through stunning cloud-forest. The mist only added to the fairytale-like atmosphere.
The last few kilometres was a stead climb from 3700 to 4410 metres, which brought me above the tree line for the first time. It wasn't a particularly strenuous climb, at least, not compared to the walk to Namche, but today was the first time that the altitude started affecting me. Fortunately I only had mild symptoms, but as we reached our destination I felt a bit dizzy. Or drowsy is perhaps a better word. I really felt as if I was drunk, about to fall over all the time.
I spent a few hours in bed, reading and listening to music, which helped making me feel better.
Unlike the villages which we had visited so far, Dingboche is still very much a traditional village. Sure, there are many guesthouses as well as the obligatory Internet café and a French bakery, but the village itself is still decidedly rural. The whole village is interspersed with small patches of farmland, yaks roam through the streets freely and locals are working on the land or collecting yak dung for fuel, rather than hang out in pool halls like it was the case in Phakding and Namche.
During the walk I had met a nice Scottish couple, Kate and Ryan, who happened to be staying at the same lodge as I did.
Once again I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at the lodge. For lunch I had ordered a Sherpa Stew, which is basically a soup with whatever leftovers one can find thrown in. It had plenty of vegetables, as well as noodles, pasta and rice. Very filling and definitely providing sufficient fuel to burn on the trek.
I slept really bad at night. Sleeplessness is a common symptom of altitude sickness, as your body has to adjust breathing due to the lack of oxygen in the air, though I don't think it was altitude sickness that caused this. I guess it was more the fact that I had drank a few espressos too many at the French Bakery in the afternoon.