These posts are reflections and images from my trek to Kalla Patthar in Nepal February 2017.
Like I said earlier, it was after leaving Namche that we started to lose touch with others we had met along the way. Some groups fragmented, others took off in different directions. Out next goal was Dingboche, about 6 hours away. We would arrive in the afternoon easily.
The tiny peek we were getting of Ama Dablam was to grow all day as we reached Dingboche. The trail so far was a lot of gentle up and down but done during the midday sun so again with the sunscreen. I was also drinking a lot of Endurox R4 workout drink which does a great job of rehydrating and replenishing for these long hikes. Some of the wildlife we saw included these brown mountain goats keeping an eye on everyone.
We reached Dingboche in the late afternoon and set about finding a teahouse. I vetoed the first place we checked into. It was empty and seemed unkept. We pressed on a bit farther and found something a bit nicer. My porter also washed my trekking pants and two crewneck shirts. So far my Arcteryx Rampart pants and a Motus top had been my daily wear, with some kind of down layer on top. At this point they definitely needed some soap. They would spend the evening air drying by the stove. I also tried out my solar panel to charge camera batteries. Towards dusk, I set up for a timelapse of Ama Dablam alpenglow and also captured a few shots around the village.
Badri had mentioned that the meals would be getting worse as we got farther from Namche. Since everything came up on a yak, the fresheness of ingredients was suspect. Well I had to try the Chicken Curry. The photo on the menu just called to me. What arrived though was inedible. I had to send it back and order oatmeal. This became my new standard for the rest of the trip, with a side helping of jerky for protein. There was also significant protein in the Endurox and my stash of protein bars. Lots of tea of course to wash it all down with of course. Evenings in the teahouse involved huddling around the stove and talking to other trekkers. There were two, two singles that had paired up for companionship. This was the norm of off season trekking.
One last note. I had promised myself to wear my Invisilign retainer as much as possible on this trip. Each day I soaked it in cleaner for as long as I could before bed. Well this time it froze in the water. I asked the guys in the kitchen for some warm water to thaw it out. They came back with another cup with tea. Uh…retainer? Where did it end up? I went in the kitchen and fished it out of the sink. Whew!
Ok off to Lobuche the next morning!
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