Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 5
Date: 16 November 2017
Walked to: Dingboche
Distance: 7 miles
Altitude: Sleeping at 4,400m
I was very happy to leave last night’s urine-scented tea house behind. I think it’s safe to say that their design decision to lay down a (type of) carpet in the toilets, especially when westerners aren’t used to squat toilets, was a poor one.
Anyway… on with the walk. So far I think every day has been progressively more beautiful. We started off by walking downhill through our final forest (we’ve now left the tree line behind at tonight’s sleeping height of 4,400m – the same as the highest point on the Inca Trail in Peru) and spent the day heading through and up the Khumbu and Imja Valleys.
There was a final climb up to Dingboche after the stunning river crossing by the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas rivers (today’s photo), and now that the cover of the forests has been left behind, the mountain air is feeling decidedly chilly. It’s still light outside and we’re huddled in the tea house, waiting for the fire the owners have just lit to take hold, so we can start to remove the multiple layers of warm clothing we’ve all piled on. It is SERIOUSLY cold.