8th April, 2013 - Dingboche

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The team at Deboche before starting the trek outside the hotel

The team started trek from Deboche to Dingboche today morning at 7.30am. Today the team will experience a sharp depletion of vegetation layer. From the lush green jungle of fir, juniper, birch, blue pines, bamboo and rhododendron woods to scrub and alpine plant and finally bare rock and baron land. Eventually, the oxygen level in the surrounding will go down and the team will face the first challenge in the expedition to adapt themselves to the changing environment. From here onwards the altitude will start taking its toll and the team will have to be very careful in selecting their course of action. They will have to observe themselves very closely and monitor how their body responds to the changes. An experienced mountaineer will not rush ahead without giving an opportunity to her or his body to adapt. Entire success of the climb depends on this phase. Climbers who push ahead in this phase most often pay a huge cost, sometimes in terms of life. Aware of all these facts our team also will move very slowly and spare more days before reaching the base camp.

After 15minutes from the start of the trek the team crossed a stream of Injatse Khola. After this point they walked uphill to upper Pangboche, where they visited Lama at Pangboche Monastery. Pangboche is famous for the magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam. At this place you are very close to Mt. Ama Dablam and the base camp of which is hardly two hours walk.


Magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam at Pangboche village.

After a quick lunch of Dal-bhat at Shomare, the team started again. Soon they reached flat section of Orsho. After crossing Loboche Khola river they walked towards left, until they reached the village of Dingboche.

 

Tomorrow the team will go for altitude gain on top of Nagarjun hill near the village and will spend one more night at Dingboche.

About Dingboche

Situated at an altitude of about 4,530 metres (14,800 ft), Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. Parties will typically spend two nights in Dingboche for acclimatization purposes. The village relies heavily on tourists with lodges and tenting areas comprising most of Dingboche. The Imja River flows directly east of the village. A helicopter landing pad is located just west of the Imja River.