Day 5 – Namche Bazaar (11,283 ft – Map) to Tyangboche (12,684 ft) – 5.4 miles – 4 hours 20 minutes
After seeing much of the valley while taking our three rest days in Namche Bazaar we didn’t find ourselves with too many pictures as we headed up to Tyangboche. Though heading up was a misleading title to the day, as most the day we headed downhill except for the last half mile where we gained some 1,400 feet and all the uphill hiking for the day.
Tyangboche is unique in that it has a Buddhist Monastery and it was the first one we have ever seen in our lives. Decorated lavishly in reds and gold we were more than impressed for our first experience.
Our overnight spot at Tyangboche Guest House had some of the best food of the whole trip with strong black coffee versus watered down NesCafe and the most flavorful Dal Bhat of the whole trek.
Day 6 – Tyangboche (12,684 ft – Map) to Dingboche (14,295 ft) – 6.3 miles – 4 hours 20 minutes
The next morning we headed out to Dingboche which was actually our first easy hike since day 1 as we didn’t feel there were any real challenging uphills, even though we were breaking the 3 mile mark into the sky. Most people take a couple nights rest in Dingboche, but to ensure we didn’t have any future problems with altitude we decided to skip one of our intermediate hiking days between Namche and Tyangboche to give us an extra rest day at altitude in Dingboche. A highlight for me in Dingboche was what the night sky had to offer; for the first time in my life I was able to see the Milky Way with my naked eye and it was as amazing as I hoped it to be!
Day 7 & 8 – Dingboche Rest Days (14,295 ft – Map)
During our rest days we made sure to follow the advice of hiking high and sleeping low. On our first rest day we attempted to conquer the hillside above Dingboche only to find ourselves tired-out after 1/3 of the way up. So the next day we returned to conquer the highest heights we have ever been.
After returning from our uphill hike we were happy to find our New Zealand newlywed friends Sara and Robbie from Namche had found their way to the same Tea-House we were staying at in Dingboche. Throughout the rest of the trek we continued trading off overnight spots with them and can’t wait to catch up with them again in New Zealand once we continue RTW!
More great pictures from Day 5-8 of the hike in the slideshow below (not visible in email subscription).