Explore The Unexplored: Dingboche

21, Nov 2022 | nepaltraveller.com

The finest place to relax when on a trek to Everest Base Camp

Dingboche is a Sherpa village in the Chukhung Valley of the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal. During the Everest Base Camp Trek, this is the finest area to relax. The village is located at 4410 meters above sea level and is one of the greatest spots for trekkers and climbers to acclimate. The village relies heavily on tourists, with lodges and tenting areas comprising most of Dingboche.

Dingboche is the last village in the Everest region, located 9.1 kilometres from Tengboche monastery and 8.4 kilometres from Lobuche. Coming from Namche Bazaar or Tengboche, Dingboche is a better option than Pheriche since it is sunnier and less impacted by the chilly winds that fall down the Khumbu Valley.  Both locations provide similar views of Himalayan peaks and are located roughly at the same altitude. There is a bit less view from Pheriche compared to Dingboche due to its location. Because there is no substantial route variation between these two destinations, you will have a very short walking distance between them. 

Dingboche has a viewpoint from where you can observe the increasing mountain peaks, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and others. The kilometres of stone walls created with stones of various sizes that cover the entire Valley of Imja are one of the distinguishing features of Dingboche. These stones are removed in order to plough the land and then heaped one on top of the other, resulting in Kilometers of walls.

Acclimatisation is essential in the higher elevation treks in the Everest region. You will acclimatise at different locations throughout the Everest Base Camp journey, including Dingboche. The trekkers will gain tremendous altitude in a short period of time. As a result, your body will not be able to adapt to changing conditions quickly. As a part of the acclimatisation day, you are able to hike to the top of the Nangkartshang peak, which has an elevation of 5,083m. It takes about two to three hours to hike to the top of Nangkartshang Peak, where you may enjoy stunning views of Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Everest, and Pumori. There is also the option of visiting Chhukung Ri(5546m), a renowned trekking mountain in the Khumbu Valley. After a ten-minute walk from the Chhukung, you can observe the enormous panorama of Nuptse. Dingboche is a popular rest stop for trekkers since it is a more welcoming and pleasant hub than Pheriche. It has a library and an internet café that uses a satellite connection. There is no road that goes to the village of Dingboche by road, so all transportation is carried out by Yak and porters. Due to its high altitude, the climate is always cool and rainy in the summer and dry and frigid in the winter. For those who want to trek in this region, spring and autumn are the ideal times because the visibility of the mountains is best and the weather is not too cold. Trekking can be done during winter, but most accommodation places remain closed. So it is not highly recommended to do trekking during the winter season.

Likewise, Lobuche peak and Island peak climbers can also hire climbing gear in Dingboche from the hotels.  The hotel has climbing equipment available for rent, including an ice axe, harness, two tape slings, two screw gate carabiners, an abseil device, climbing boots, and so on. It takes one night and two days to travel from Dingboche to Everest Base Camp; thus, it is required to first travel from Dingboche to Lobuche, then from there to Everest Base Camp and spend the night in Gorakshep. 

(Photo Credit: Trips Tin, Mountain, AGF foto, Nepal Wilderness Trekking)

Penned By: Utsav Pun

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