Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 6

Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 6
Date: 17 November 2017
Walked to: Dingboche
Distance: 3 miles
Altitude: Sleeping at 4,400m (walked to 4,750m)

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Today – going up much of Nangkartshang Peak – was pretty much the shortest walk I’ve ever done. I haven’t even hit my 10,000 steps for the day. But those three miles took three hours, such is the snails pace that you need to walk at when you’re already almost at the height of Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in the alps) and you need to get over 1,000m higher. In normal circumstances the slow shuffles up the hillside would kill me – but in this case, it’s the slow-mo that should stop me from getting ill, so I’m all for it. Plus that while breathing thing gets harder if you try to go any faster!

We’re staying at the same tea house in Dingboche as last night, except there are a lot more people here today than yesterday. Some of whom are very loud (I’m sure it’s a coincidence that they are American). With all the free time that’s been afforded by finishing the day’s walk by 11.30am, I took the opportunity to have my first shower in three days. And after the warm water running out after two minutes and having to wash my hair in ice cold mountain water, it’s also going to be my last one for at least four days. It was all a bit traumatic and there was a bit of swearing, and it’s too cold to sweat here anyway, so there.

Good thing it’s so bloody beautiful, isn’t it?

About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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5 Responses to Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 6

  1. Barrie Stillwell says:

    Looking good, I presume your smelling nice now, stay safe
    Loves you xxxx

  2. Sally Isaacs says:

    I’m sitting in a nicer warm house, admiring the autumn colours outside and not feeling sorry for you in the slightest! It looks amazing. Well done so far. Sally

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  3. Eleanor says:

    Lovely pic. Shame about the showering situation. It’ll be Simple Wipe bathing then. X

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