The way of life in Nepal revolves clockwise. One takes heed to hike to the left of incredibly old, magnificently engraved religious rock (Mani Stones) despite the more inviting, easier course on the right. One enters a monastery by the sinister staircase and exits via the right. Vividly coloured Buddhist prayer wheels are always turned clockwise as chimes ring out in synch. Pity the digital iPhone generation who simply may not know the way!
Our day has taken us from Tengboche through Pangboche, for an afternoon meal and onward to Dingboche. A total elevation gain of 530 metres. Mt.Ama Dablam was ever in our sights to our right across the glacial river. The Saddle Glacier atop Mt.Kangtega shone that green glass shade of thick ice under yet another stupendous blue sky. Beyond Shomare at 4000 metres we were above the tree line and the terrain took on a look of a Scottish glen. Rather than heather however, it is clumps of juniper bushes that populate the craggy fields.
Cam is doing so well, pacing himself and maintaining a focused outlook. The gregarious storyteller has been replaced by a nicotine-free, single minded hiker!
Dingboche is a somewhat barren collection of several dozen homes and lodges each separated by quilt- like rock walls. The temperature has dropped significantly. No snow but bloody cold out there. I am thankful for the silk liner inside the sleeping bag. An acclimatization day is scheduled for tomorrow.
Loads of love