Local Time: 4:50pm, 29 March, 05
Weather: Sunny, 10C
Hi its Paul here, coming to
you from sunny Dingboche. Today we got up at 6am had breakfast of French
toast, eggs and porridge (we are doing it tough!) and by 7:30 we were on our
way to Dingboche.
The walk to Dingboche
It was pretty cold last night; I had to pull my sleeping bag tight around my
head to keep warm. Its still a light bag, and we have warmer ones for base
camp. In the morning there was ice in our water bottles and our toothpaste was
firm, but still usable. The trail was icy so we had to be very careful with
our footing. Its a wide well made path to Dingboche, although there were a lot
of yaks along the way, which can make life interesting. Yaks walk a bit slower
than we do, so we are often passing them. With their loads strapped to each
side and trains of up to 10 yaks in a row, its a bit like trying to pass
several semi trailers in a car!
After an hour we took off our
polar fleeces, and hiked in travel pants and t-shirts. Yes, it does get warm
here during the day.
Passing through Pangboche
Along the way we passed through the town of Pangboche, which seemed to be
quite a large town, with many fields, all with 1m high stone walls around
them. After Pangboche we ascended through the tree line, so the landscape is
much more sparse. Lunch was had in a small village called Orsho about an hour
after Pangboche. Afterwards we dropped down to a small river and crossed it on
a very rickety bridge. Chris wanted to get a photo of Bridget on the bridge
and he made her stand right in the middle for the photo! She wasn't too happy
about this. We then climbed a short distance uphill to Dingboche, arriving at
We are camped in the grounds of the house of our trek Sirdar, who is a Sherpa
called Phu Tashi. He is a really friendly, helpful guy and no request seems
too much for him.
Dingboche is a nice place,
nestled between two ridges, so it seems to be somewhat sheltered. That said,
the wind has been picking up, so I hope we are not in for a rough night.
The four of us are feeling
fine at the new altitude, however Bridget has a sore stomach, but hopefully
its nothing serious. I had a bit of a stomach upset the other day, but I took
a couple of Ciprofloxacins at night and I was feeling better in the morning.
Ciprofloxacin is a new type of antibiotic and you don't need to take a full
course. I took one more in the morning for good measure and have been fine
Tomorrow is a rest day to get
us acclimatised to this new altitude, and we might take the opportunity to
walk to the nearby town of Pheriche and visit the high altitude medical
clinic. Apparently they run talks at midday about high altitude medicine,
which should be really interesting.
Bye for now,
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