Trekking to Everest Base Camp – Gorak Shep to Dzongla

DAY 15 – 9th MAY 2013

The night wasn’t too great. We ended up being woken up at 4am because the walls and floor of the lodge were made of softboard. The people who were waking up for their trek to Kala Patthar woke us up. The room next door to us was occupied by 2 girls who just wouldn’t stop talking.

We couldn’t sleep well at all. We got out of bed at 7 and were ready for breakfast by 7.30am. We had a good breakfast & chatted to Chitra, the manager of the Himalaya Lodge where we were staying.

We saw Mount Pumori (7,145m) clearly this morning and Nuptse as well. Chang Ri was to the left of Pumori. To the right of Pumori was Lingtren (6,697m), next to that to the right was Khumbu Tse (6,640m). To the right of that was Chang Tse (7,550m) which is on the Tibetan side.

Between Chang Tse & Mount Everest was Lo La which is 6,006m and sits in front of Everest like a shoulder.

What was interesting is that from Dingboche, we didn’t see any more “Mani” which are the sherpa prayer wheels. There is a reason that the towns after Dingboche, namely Chukkung, Lobuche and Gorak Shep onwards to Dzongla, Thangna, Gokyo and Lungde also do not have any more prayer wheels or monasteries. However, I do not remember the reason at this point.

The next one will be in Thame.

The “Mani” have a special mantra engraved on them and are always only rotated clockwise. “Aum Ma Ni Pad Me Hung” are the tibetan words engraved on them. The words are also seen painted on the holy stones.

We left Gorak Shep at 8.30am with Bibas. We met Chemi on the way down. He was on his way to meet his friends at Everest Base Camp.

We got to Lobuche at 10.15am. We were all very happy to see Lhakpa and Kumar again.

Today is our last day with Stefano. We had lunch at the lodge in Lobuche and Stefano opened his only bottle of “Raffo” beer from his home town, Taranto.

We shared the single beer between the three of us.

We then left together walking towards Lobuche Base Camp. At the fork of the road near Lobuche Base Camp, we said a tearful goodbye to Stefano and Bibas.

From the fork, Lhakpa, Manoj, Kumar and I went uphill towards Dzongla whilst Stefano & Bibas went down towards Pheriche.

It took us 2 hours from Lobuche to get to Dzongla. Talking to Lhakpa about our day tomorrow, we have a fairly hard day. We ordered mint tea & popcorn whilst relaxing in the main dining room & chatting to Lhakpa. Tomorrow morning we start our cross of the Cho La Pass (5,360m) from Dzongla (4,800m).

Our breakfast is planned for 5.30am.

We need to get to bed early tonight and get a good night’s rest as we have a 6-hour slog tomorrow. Manoj and I headed off to bed at 8.15pm.

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