Trek Day 6-Dingboche

We are staying at the Peak 38 View Lodge in Dingboche with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains for two nights, and today is a ‘rest day’ to help with acclimatization. We still went for a hike! Kevin and the Brads, Ake and Panuru left at 7am to climb Nangkar Tshang, 16,500 ft. Bob and I stayed in the lodge and had a nice breakfast and at 9am we left with Bollie, are guide, for an easier hike. We climbed up the ridge from the lodge above Dingboche, over 1,300ft, called Chubejung Kharka. There’s a Gompa (memorial) on the way up the mountain known as Nangkartshang with many prayer flags blowing in the wind. From here we had a great view looking down the valley to Dingboche. We hiked higher up the mountain until we met the rest of our team coming down from the top of Nangkar Tsang. From this climb there are great views of Mt Makalu, 27,765ft, the 5th highest in the world, Ama Dablam and the Chhukhung Valley. Continue reading

Trek Day 5-Phortse to Dingboche

As we were getting ready to leave Phortse this morning, Panuru’s wife gave us each a khata ( white scarf) to wear to the monastery in Pangboche to receive blessings from the Lama. We left Phortse at 7:30am and it was uphill out of Phortse, with great views looking back at the village. Once again the path was clinging to the side of a steep slope, but with stone steps built into the cliff face. We had wonderful views looking across the Imja Khohe Valley to Tengboche, the old monastery there, and a clear view of Thamserku, 21,680 ft, rising from the valley behind Tengboche. Continue reading