Dole

Sleep, walk, eat, talk that more or less sums up a day in the life of a trekker. Last night I shared the lodge with a father and son from the Netherlands who were on a three week trek of the Khumbu including a crossing of Cho La and Renjo La and a Korean couple that was going to Gokyo but would skip the recommended acclimatisation time in Dole and go on to Machermo. It seems an odd decision as he was feeling unwell already. More business for the rescue helicopters I guess. The walk to Dole was only a couple of hours but it’s unrelentingly uphill and there are more clouds in the sky then yesterday making it colder. The views however, are fantastic and the frozen waterfalls that I pass on the way up make it clear that winter hasn’t finished here yet. When I get to my destination the village is almost deserted and I walk up to a number of lodges only to find that they’re closed. Eventually I end up at the Riverside Lodge where a friendly young guy makes me an excellent Nepali style macaroni cheese for lunch. Later in the afternoon I make some photos but it’s freezing outside and within minutes my fingers are numb that I beat a retreat to my sleeping bag and read a book. When I look outside a little later it has started snowing. It’s almost six o’clock as suddenly a group of Chinese trekkers comes in they have walked from Namche Bazaar and are cold and more than a little pleased to find that the potbelly in the dining room is on. it ain’t nice to walk through the snow freezing your butt off.

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