13th May, 2013 - Trek to Dingboche

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13th May 2013 - Trek to Dingboche

We all expected today’s day to be very tough. The total height to be gained was about 660 meters and distance wise as well it would be more than 15 Km. As usual we started at around 7.30 am. The initial 20 minutes or so was downhill till we reached Deboche (3820 meters). We continued our walk till we reached Pangboche (3985 Meters) at 9.30. The walk till here was absolutely moderate and we were very fresh.  It was cloudy today and the blazing sun that we faced till yesterday was thankfully missing. We halted for about half hour here had tea and then proceeded for our further hike. Another hour and we reached Shomare (4040 meters) where we had our lunch. Since morning we had gained only 173 meters and due to the clouds the entire walk was very enjoyable.

After Pangboche due the altitude the vegetation in the mountains rapidly decreased and after Shomare there were only a few bushes around. We started after lunch at 12.15. All of a sudden after Shomare wind picked up and though it was still cloudy the walk was no longer a pleasure. We were already warned that it would be windy and were prepared with wind proof jackets. Over the next couple of hours we gained another 490 meters and reached Dingboche (4530 Meters) at 2.10 pm. The terrain over these two hours changed rapidly and now it was only rocky mountains and quite a few landslides in the view. Throughout the day we did not see any major peaks. However at the outskirts of Dingboche we could see “Island Peak” (6189 meters) on the horizon. This is the peak that is scaled as a practice before Everest is attempted.

There was a drastic drop in the temperature here in Dingboche as compared to Tengboche and we had to wear 2 extra layers when we went out for our evening hike. Clouds had now descended on the village and the weather was a bit chilly for comfort. We met Kedar and Subhashree who are on their way back after successful trek to EBC and Kala Patthar. They are a part of the Giripremi trekkers but had started on 2nd of May. We spent some time hearing to their experience. In the evening as I write this blog our team is divided into two groups, one is enjoying the game of Uno and the other is enjoying cards over the dinner table.

Tomorrow being rest day for the porters we plan to go on top of the “Nagarjuna Peak” (5100 meters) as a part of the acclimatization exercise.