As we were having a little breakfast 3 blokes came in looking absolutely freezing so we sat them next to the metal oven to warm them up. It seemed that one of their group had a difficult night suffering with the altitude and also had caught a virus to make things severely worse. They were heading to Everest Base camp but clearly this mans journey was over for now as they left and descended back to Namche. It reminded me how key it was to keep well in these mountains and to keep eating good and healthy food.
We soon packed and were off as we went in search of the sunlight which was slowly but surely making its way down the slopes of the mountains. When the sunlight finally hit our faces it was an immense relief as my sensitive nose was numb. Whilst my nose defrosted we continued up into the Valley climbing higher again with our target for today being Dingboche.
We passed another casualty of the earthquake, another bridge which was had completely collapsed. Another had been put in its place however as we crossed the almost frozen river and made our way up and down the winding trail once more.
We passed a few of the local villages where life was quiet as it was the off season as far as trekking was concerned. My guide mentioned that he had never seen the trails so clear and i have to be honest i loved the sense of being in the middle of nowhere on my own. In peak season these trails become a highway of trekkers and mountaineers. Part of me was certainly yearning for some company in the lodges but I would think finding a balance between the trails being busy and having someone to share a beer with in the lodges would be great.
The elevation was certainly noticeable as it felt like i needed to take an extra breath than normal just to take a step forward. This was common however but i wasn't feeling any signs of altitude sickness so far luckily. The altitude of 4000 meters is usually when people start suffering with symptoms of altitude sickness so it was a good sign and it gave me a little confidence going forward.We finally made it to our lodge in Dingboche which lies at 4300 meters and I chilled out with a lovely coffee whilst i chatted to a couple of other trekkers who i had met in Namche. After some grub and more trekking stories whilst crowding around the metal oven which was being fueled by Yak poo which was an interesting idea, the sun was beginning to get lower.