Day 179: E.B.C. trek day 5, Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)

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The path through the forest from Tengboche

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.

Stunning mountains in the distance

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.
Arrival at Tengboche
Together with an English family (or rather, a mother-son-girlfriend-friend combination) we played some card games and had a generally lovely day.

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.

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The path through the forest from T…
The path through the forest from …
Stunning mountains in the distance
Stunning mountains in the distance
Arrival at Tengboche
Arrival at Tengboche
Heading into the fairy-tale forest
Heading into the fairy-tale forest
Passing mani prayer stones on the …
Passing mani prayer stones on the…
Stunning forest
Stunning forest
Wonderful forest between Tengboche…
Wonderful forest between Tengboch…
On the road to Tengboche
On the road to Tengboche
Buddhist stupa at Tengboche village
Buddhist stupa at Tengboche village
Buddhist stupa and mani at Tengboc…
Buddhist stupa and mani at Tengbo…
Today is laundry day
Today is laundry day
I love this one: a water-powered p…
I love this one: a water-powered …
Heavily packed yak
Heavily packed yak
Every time the clouds part all the…
Every time the clouds part all th…
Approaching Tengboche
Approaching Tengboche
Approaching Tengboche
Approaching Tengboche
Have a break...
Have a break...
Tengboche
Tengboche
Above the treeline
Above the treeline
Sherpa stew!
Sherpa stew!
Lady working the land in Tengboche
Lady working the land in Tengboche
Dingboche
photo by: guybooth