Base Camp. Day 7, Dingboche acclimatisation day

A late start today for a relatively short walk to a flagpole, which happens to be visible from the tea house. The climb is a mere 318 metres, but today is the first time that many in the party have really started to feel the effects of the increased altitude. The walk is about 2.5km as the crow flies, but relatively steep, which, combined with the altitude effects meant that it took us about 3 hours!

We were accompanied, however, by a trio of golden eagles, which were circling in relative proximity to us, and sometimes below us, which feels like one of those experiences that are unlikely to ever be repeated.

Afterwards, we had a quick drop down the mountain again, back to the teahouse for lunch and a fairly relaxed afternoon. We had a gentle wander into the village and found a fantastic bakery, called Mama’s. The cake here is well worth the effort and the room itself is pleasantly warm. The owner even offers to charge your phone for free.

Once we’d had our fill of cake we spent the rest of the evening in the dining area of the teahouse, discussing all manner of things and putting the world to rights, before it became late enough for bed (20:00, yes really).