Annapurna Sanctuary & Mt. Everest Base Camp Treks travel blog

Mountain view from Tengboche

Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche village; tip of Everest visible

2 bridges over the river

Going through Pangboche; Ama Dablam in back

Here come the yaks

Sweet girls at lunch stop

A porter: unbelievable load!

Dingboche - home sweet home

My "dust" scarf; "Snickers" in back before he was kicked out.

Today we climb to Dingboche (4400 m). Before that we visited the monastery while the monks were praying. That was one of the coolest moments of this trip.

After breakfast we started trekking, going down the ridge back to a river crossing (get redundant aren't I). The bridges here are steel and have huge cables supporting them. They are really high above the rivers (because the ones closer to the rivers get wiped out during the monsoons). I can't look down because I get dizzy.

We have changed from a pine forest to spruce & fir. The rhododendrons have just started blooming and it seems like there's alot less rhododendrons than Annapurna. While hiking we were friendly to a dog and he accompanied us all the way to Dingboche. Many of the people on the trip are eating Snickers, so we named the dog Snickers. I prefer Mars bars myself.

Today we ascended above tree line. The views of the mountains are getting better. We have lost sight of Everest behind Lhotse. I developed a headache in the p.m., really the first one so far.

Our teahouse is called Peaceful Lodge, but the owners are not very nice. I get the feeling they don't like Westerners and just want to make some money off them. As we climb and get further and further from Lukla, eveything gets more expensive. A few people found water and snacks cheaper somewhere else, and I guess the owner found out and complained. Our guide told us we have to buy everything from the lodge we are staying in. Then they locked "Snickers" out of the lodge area, so we don't know where he went.

So many rules: don't wash your clothes (duh - why not), don't buy food outside the lodge, there is a charge for a shower even if it's not hot, there is a charge for charging your batteries. It wasn't like this in Annapurna at all. I suppose that's the difference with the amount of tourism here.

Most of the showers have a gas gizmo attached to it, and they turn on the pilot and unlock (yes, the showers are locked so they know who takes a shower) the shower when you are ready. I've been breaking the rules and washing clothes in the shower. Heck, I paid for the shower.

We heard that Chris made it to the hospital, and they recommended evacuation. Chris & Jamie were helicoptered out to Lukla, and they will make arrangements to get to Kathmandu. By the way, Chris is a smoker and is from England, so the combination of smoking and altitude kicked his butt.

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