Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles.
Morning in Dingboche was catching up on email, charging my batteries, and replenishing my personal food at this excellent “grocery store”.
For once I hung around the “teahouse”, chatting with guides and hikers. And eating. The food is surprisingly good.
Regarding the guest houses …
… Rooms are simple, plain, but generally clean and secure …
… The beauty of independent trekking in the Annapurna or Everest areas is that you can stay in tea houses or lodges which means all you really need is clothing, a warm sleeping bag, water bottle and some form or water purification, wash kit, basic first aid kit and, erm, money. …
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The biggest complaints are about toilets. Many are dark, dank and cold. Most are squatters.
Finding a sitter is a bonus.
The best source of information was the owner of the internet café. He convinced me that the Spring hiking season (March-April) is even better than the Fall (October to early December). Hikers are “healthier” in the Spring, he told. His theory is that the new green vegetation raises the level of oxygen.
I got excited about a possible future climb of Island Peak 6189m (20,305 ft).
Dozens told me how much they enjoyed the experience. I’d trek to Dingboche independently, then hire a guide and rent gear there. That’s the least expensive way to do it. And all your money goes to the local people.
Late afternoon I took an off trail day hike in the direction of Island Peak.
It’s easy to get lost in the glacial moraine ridges. It was dark before I got back to town.
At higher elevations in the National Park it’s illegal to burn wood. Instead they burn dried Yak dung. To get the fire started, dunk a few turds in kerosene.
At night hikers hang out around the stove trying to stay warm and awake until 8PM.
all photos from day 10
… on to day 11