Everest Base Camp Trek Dairy – Day 6 (Tengboche, Dobuche)
I started walking on all fours (one pole bought from Kathmandu, and one from Namche Bazar) and it has worked wonders for my knees. The trek today was long – around 8 hours – but it did not feel as tiring as the Namche climb. I think I am repeating myself everyday, but today’s views were the best so far. I guess as the trek leads us further from the towns and closer to the wilderness the beauty will only increase.
Today we went downhill for around 4 hours. For a person with no knee problems it would have taken 2-3 hours. At Phungi Thanga, near the hanging bridge, there was a small restaurant who served the best Dal Bhat in the world. Having lunch at there, we crossed the river Dudh Koshi (again) and started going uphill. All this time mount Thamserku, or mount Ama Dablam was in view along with occasional views of the Everest.
At around four we reached the magnificent little village of Tengboche (3870 meters). It was very cold and windy their, with occasional snow patches. But the terrific view in the afternoon kept us oblivious to the cold. Tengboche is surrounded by at least 4 mountains and countless peaks. Mount Ama Dablam and Mount Everest is among them. We sat in the courtyard and enjoyed the view for a while.
All the lodges in Tengboche were closed due to the cold. So we moved forward, through a beautiful rhododendron forest, to an even smaller village of Dobuche. By the time we reached Dobuche it was late afternoon and the day’s last light reflecting on Ama Dablam and on Everest was a sight to behold. We – me, my guide, and the Japanese group – spent the last hour of the day having dinner by the wood stove. The warmth felt good.