20 Dec : Sunday : Dingboche – Dughla – Lobuche
There are no easy days on the EBC trek. But this today was supposedly one of the easier days. The trek on the terrace that connects Dingboche with Dughla was relatively flat and pleasant. However, the altitude gain coupled with the cold air, dried my lungs pretty fast. I stopped at a few places enroute to make some images. Sumet and his guide overtook us just before Dughla.
We reached Dughla around 11ish. There was a steep climb to Dughla pass that was to be tackled, so lunch was declared at Dughla. I gorged on Dal Bhat, even though I wasn’t too hungry at that time. Carbo loading was necessary.
The climb to Dughla pass was torturous. I took at least 2-3 breaks in between. Once we reached the top of the pass, we were greeted with memorials of climbers who had perished while attempting to climb Everest.
Made the customary pictures, and then Lila and Bibek took off. The valley opened up in front of me. Pumori to the left and Nuptse to the right.
We reached Lobuche around 3PMish… We walked straight into Peak XV lodge. Sujoy had other recommendations. Rakesh had suggested Peak XV. And Lila must have found Peak XV lodge suitable as well. So, he went ahead and checked in. Peak XV is a relatively small lodge, compared to other options in Lobuche.
I unpacked in my room and then went out to photograph sunset. Trekking and photography don’t seem to agree with me. I was feeling cold and fatigued. But I dragged myself out to a small ledge, around 100m from the Peak XV lodge, from where there was a great view of Nuptse, as well as Pumori.
Photographed last light on Nuptse, and then called it quits. Went back to the lodge, ordered Dal Bhat, devoured it, sat by the fire for sometime to warm myself up, and then got out again to photograph the night sky. Orion was up, next to Nuptse. After 15-20 minutes, I felt that I had had enough. Packed up, went back to the lodge and slept fitfully.