Hi, Marg here. We are sitting in a lodge in Dingboche which is 4262 metres. At present the weather is cold and overcast. Usually the mornings are beautiful with clear blue skies. This means that it can be very warm as we trek to our next destination, although there has usually been a breeze which keeps us feeling comfortable as we walk along. About 3 pm the clouds appear and it becomes quite cold so we need to start rugging up for the night. It has rained twice but only after we are safely at our destination.
A Typical Day
We rise about 6.30 with the sun streaming through our windows, struggling out of our warm sleeping bags to get dressed. Our clothing for the day is near at hand so that we don’t have stand in the cold for long. Then we need to pack our bags ready for the porters. I have not yet mastered the skill of packing properly even now – my bag still has problems being done up!! Then it’s off to breakfast. This consists of muesli and hot milk, porridge or eggs, followed by toast and tea or coffee. There are various types of tea available – mint, lemon, black, jasmine and ginger. I think we’ve tried the lot.
After breakfast it’s on with our backpacks, put on our masks, pick up our sticks and start on the morning trek. The masks are very important as they stop us from breathing in the cold, dusty air and help to protect us from respiratory infections and dehydration.
We have numerous drink stops while walking – these give us the opportunity to consume some of the 3 litres we need to drink each day as well as having a rest (particularly on the uphill stretches). We also have the ‘odd’ photo shot.
On arrival at our lodge about 11.30-12.00 we are given tea and the menu so that we can order our lunch.
Nearly all the menus are the same no matter which lodge we are staying in – I think between us we have tasted all that is available. Afterwards we head of to our rooms to unpack, rest and maybe read for a while. Then off for a wander around the village and ordering our evening meal.
Within each lodge there is a dining room with bench seats around the perimeter and tables in front of them for us to eat of. The bench seats are also used as beds for the guides and the owners of the lodges. In the middle of the room is a potbelly heater which is fuelled with a few pieces of wood, kerosene and then when it is going well, dried yak dung. It is certainly an effective heater.
We eat about 7pm using the same menu as for lunch after which we chat, download this meassage and play cards. Bedtime is around 9pm – not a late night at all!!
Highlights include –
-The magnificent snow capped peaks rising up high all around us against the brilliant blue sky.
– The change in vegetation from the forests to the stark, dry subalphine vegetation.
– The stone houses surrounded by countless stone walls
-The people – the kindness, generosity and patience of our guides, Ang Nima and Pember, in particular as well as other Sherpas we have met.
-The strength and agility and positive attitiude of the porters in these mountains.
At the moment Denise and Fiona aren’t too well – although Denise seems to have picked up after an afternoon nap. Fiona is not too good but as we are staying here for two nights we are hoping for a big improvement in the two of them before we head of to Lobuche.
On a personal note I am really hoping that I can make it to Base Camp so that I can see Paul but regardless the journey has been incredible and I’m really pleased that I am here.
Cheers and love to everyone
Thanks for your messages, we really do appreciate them. We aren’t able to receive any text messages as mobiles don’t work over here and there are no internet connections either so this site is our only communication channel.
Neil I am really pleased that you have got the TV and I hope it is living up to your expectations. Did you get Fiona’s message? It was great to hear from you Kay and Sach. Leah how are the plans for the move? The goorillagram must have been great fun. How was the wedding Jacqui? Hope it went well – have things slowed down yet? Tell Mum that I’m fine and having a great time. Marg
Hi Anne J,
Thanks for your messages and yes you can borrow the car! Say hi to Mum and Dad for me and enjoy your time in Melbourne. Denise.
Thanks for your messages. We will get to basecamp on the 9th or 10th of May. Weather has been unusually cloudy in the afternoon for this time of the year.As far as going all the way…we get constant updates from Paul Adler who is at camp 2 now and to be honest with you I would love to be there with him. Apart from that I really don’t know mate…as there are so many factors to consider before undertaking such an expedition.
Keep the messages coming
Hi Lou, yes that sounds more like my credit card no. Thanks for putting in money for me. How is work going ? x beck
Hi Andy, Lovely to hear from you. I have been having a few Nanna naps, but am trying to not to as we spend atleast 10 hours in bed each night anyway! x beck
Hi Dad and Mary, I am looking forward to seeing the apartment looking swish when I get back. We have just finished the first tin of lollies Mary, and the Sherpas, porters, trekkers and local kids thank you for them!
Hi Davis, Gav & Barls, Rozzie & David,
We have two nights at this lodge so tomorrow we will rest and do what ever we feel like. I’ve worked out how to take macros which is good because the plants are getting mighty small now! The temperature is more like Tassie now and we have to rug up in the mornings. Beautiful clouds each day. Had a very satisfying shower & hair wash (Frank take note….) and lookiing forward to rice pudding amongst other things for tea tonight. Please send Mum & Dad a special hello and that I am thinking of them. love, Liz’
Inna- Hello sister. In response to your text, I actually brought my Australia straightner and it worked fine but I left it at the Kathmandu hotel. With the lodges not really having outlets even to charge my camera, and not having taking a shower the past three days… lack of straight hair has not been a big problem. Thanks for the concerns though. How is everything at 25 Boyton St? I am looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with you and Tim. Give Sveta and Alona a hello from me . Paka. -Marfusa
Vova- Mama told me that you’re keeping up with the updates. There is so many Russian people here and a lot of them remind me of you. Once they hear my Russian, they offer me Vodka. Hope to see you soon boyfriend. -Julia