Himalayan Trek Day 12: Gorak Shep To Dingboche

Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
Trip End May 02, 2013

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Flag of Nepal  , Khumbu,
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dingboche Altitude: 4,410 m

Starting at 4:30 am, Jason climbed Kala Pattar with Sonam. The full moon lit the way and it felt like a long, tough slog but we were on top before 6:00.  The sun rose slowly, colouring the sky in bands of orange and gold.  Sylvia and I had reached the pinnacle of our efforts.

We breakfasted as a group of seven, then headed downhill.  It was a slow decline over terrain that varied from some smooth dirt paths to rough rocky steps.  We paused for photos in an area full of monuments dedicated to fallen climbers.  KC and Sonam seemed perturbed by our foursome's pace.

A little further down we had lunch outside.  KC's lack of people skills and basic awareness continued to annoy all of us.  He told us we had ordered too much food again but we knew we were well within our limits and let him know.

We continued to descend, crossed a river and passed a few lonely outposts surrounded by low rock walls.  A large stupa adorned with prayer flags overlooked Dingboche, our home for the next two nights.

In town we were surprised to find out that we'd been booked into a different hotel than Elodie and Ryan.  Another unclear explanation and apology followed but we made plans to have our last lunch together the following day.

The warm sun allowed us to shed a layer or two.  Elodie and Ryan dropped by in the late afternoon and Sonam treated us to a cup of hot and tart seabuck thorn juice.

Later on we had a chat with KC about ongoing issues, including walking too closely behind us, setting unrealistic limits on our food orders and getting impatient when we were taking photos.  He seemed somewhat receptive to our suggestions but we'd just have to wait and see.
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