Dear Family & Friends,
We arrived in Dingpoche yesterday morning after a quick 2 and a bit hour’s walk from the village of Pangpoche.
Today is a scheduled acclimatisation/rest day and after breakfast we’re heading up the hill behind the village hoping to reach 5000m. (That’s the acclimatisation bit – the rest bit is lunch back here in Dingpoche followed by a movie on the iTouch!)
The morning we left Namche the weather was clear and we had spectacular views of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Tawoche, Nuptse, Lhotse and of course Everest.
Khumbu mountain panorama (click to watch video)
We enjoyed a pleasant walk to the small settlement of Kyang Juma where the lodge owner invited us in for hot lemon and coconut biscuits. Superb view from her lodge across the valley to Tengpoche monastery and the peaks further up the valley.
Descended through a pine forest to the Dudh Kosi river and climbed all the way back up (a classic case of ‘Nepali flat’) to Tengpoche and lunch; egg and vegie fried rice, chips and more hot lemon. Back on the trail and we arrived in Pangpoche around 2pm, just in time for (you guessed it) a nice cup of hot lemon and delicious meat dal bhat for dinner.
At this stage our adventure is more like a culinary tour of the Khumbu as opposed to a hard-core mountaineering trip.
No doubt this will change.
Ciao for now,
Matt & Soren