Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
( 2,651 m / 8,700 ft ) Phakding - Monjo - Namche Bazaar ( 3,440 m / 11,284 ft )
11 km trek. 5 - 6 hours. Moderate uphill climb.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar was one another beautiful day. The walk was easy and pleasant with short uphill and downhill climbs with magnificent views of Thamserku mountain. This was a relatively busy area and was full of trekkers, porters and yaks. After a 20-30 mins of uphill climb, we reached a village called Monjo, which hosted some of the most colorful and cozy restaurants available in the region.
Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche
( 3,870 m / 12,694 ft ) Tengboche - Dingboche ( 4,360 m / 14,300 ft )
9 km trek. 5 - 6 hours. Short uphills but mostly flat. Crossing Treeline.
The trail was relatively easier than all of the previous days trails. But it was way too much windy. We hit the tree line along the way. More and more choppers were flying over our heads suggesting the increase in rescue operations. Ngawang told us it gets difficult from Dingboche and most people start giving up from here.
The previous night was difficult for Rohit and Nikhil because of cold and running nose. Even Ngawang and Pasang ( our porter ) were having cold and were struggling. This was my fifth day of continuous trekking. Previously, I had been on numerous one day hikes, but never had trekked for more than two days in succession. But surprisingly, I was the only one in team who wasn't having any health troubles.
Day 6: Dingboche - Acclimatization Day
We continued our stay in Dingboche as the day was reserved for acclimatization. We hiked the nearby hill to gain a substantial height and took some stunning photos of the valley and mountains surrounding the town.