9th April, 2012 - Tengboche to Dingboche

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trekking in nepal
9th April, 2012 - Tengboche to Dingboche

Today we left Tengboche along with the cold, primitive rooms where we shared bathrooms in the hall only during the night, outhouse during the day.  However, we did enjoy our morning room view of Mt. Everest.  We also enjoyed a sunny, blue sky day. Our first stop was at a Buddhist nunnery. At our next stop we received a mountain climbing blessing from a Buddhist Lama. We received a white scarf placed around our neck, a red thread necklace and a “head butt.”  Along the way, we saw many yaks.  We can hear them before we see them because they wear yak bells (and decorative “earrings”).  We always step aside to give them plenty of room!! We reached our destination, Dingboche, which is at 14,249 feet elevation. Because of this elevation, our breathing has become a bit more challenged. Total trekking time was 6.5 hours.  But with stops at the nunnery, Buddhist Lama and lunch our actual trek time was around 4.5 hours.  Once at our destination, we were faced with the decision of whether to partake in a “bucket shower” where (hopefully) hot water is placed in a bucket on roof and runs down thru a shower head.  The reactions ranged anywhere from “loved it” to “never again”.  For some reason, the water temperature varied from shower to shower.  Our rooms here are a little bigger with our own private toilet “hole”…no running water, of course.  
Susan Roadman      

View from Tengboche

View from Tengboche

 

Yaks carring loads

Yaks carring loads

 

crossing the metal bridge

crossing the metal bridge

 

blessing from head lama of Pangboche

blessing from head lama of Pangboche

 

heading up to Dingboche

heading up to Dingboche