Day 182: E.B.C. trek day 8, Dughla to Lobuche (4910m)
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Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: John (Scotland), Kirsten (Australia), Dan (Scotland) & Tom (UK)
As I had added the extra stop in Dughla, the walk to Lobuche was only a short one, less than two hours!
It started with a tough climb up to the edge of the Khumbu glacier, where memorials are built for the many climbers who have died on the slopes of Everest through the last six decades. Most of these memorials are shaped like small Buddhist stupas. More than two-thirds of the people who died on Everest are Sherpas, despite being much more adapted and experienced than the non-Nepalese climbers who attempt Everest. Although on average 'only' three percent of the climbers perish on Everest (there are far more dangerous mountains elsewhere in the world), it is staggering to see the amount of memorials here.
We reached Lobuche and checked in to the lodge. Sanjeev and I had a cup of tea before we continued walking up. Near the village is a pyramid shaped Italian/Nepalese research centre, which is a nice 45 minute walk. The research centre itself is closed for public (you can't expect the scientists working here to entertain the hundreds of trekkers that pass through each day), but the walk was a pleasant one.
I didn't do much the rest of the day. Lobuche isn't a particularly nice town, most of it is a construction site, as new guesthouses are built to meet demand.
I met John, my Scottish brother, again. He had walked straight from Dingboche to Lobuche, as so many do, so he had gained a day on me. Together with an Australian girl, Kirsten, and two guys from the UK, Dan and Tom, we played some cards and a game of scrabble.