We had NCell signal on mobile till Namche Bazaar. But at Debuche it was only Nepal telecom that worked though the call quality was very bad.
|Debuche to Dengboche elevation map|
Subbu felt that he was unnecessarily carrying extra weight. He decided to keep additional stuff at hotel and take back during return journey. That was a nice plan.
|A tree near Debuche|
Debuche was a nice place surrounded by trees with backdrop of Ama Dablam. The tree cover would be gone within few minutes of walk from Debuche giving way to barren landscape. The route from Debuche goes down to the level of the stream and then rises to the village of Pangboche. Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest were the prominent mountains seen on the route.
The walk was not difficult due to slow gain in altitude. Also, the “ups and downs” were less leading to a pleasant walk. After Pangboche was another small village of Shomare. By then the landscape had turned barren providing some nice views.
The last village of the day was Orsho where the only lodge was closed. Here the trail split into two; one leading to Pheriche and other to Dengboche. Pheriche is 400 feet lower then Dengboche. We had decided to stay at Dengboche for two reasons. The first was that Dengboche was less windy than Pheriche. The second was that we liked the name “Dengboche”!! We had planned to stay at Pheriche while returning but that never happened.
The trail again went down to the base of the valley to cross the river. That resulted in another steep climb after crossing the river. It was here I was in my strongest form. I felt that I was having unlimited energy and climbed up without a break even challenging Samir. I was in “form”. But here I started getting worried about Subbu. He again was slow and struggling to climb. I had never seen him in such form during treks.
After the climbed, I stopped and had a look on the other side. Dengboche was inviting us!!
Since we were staying two nights at Dengboche for acclimatization, we were looking for a good accommodation. Samir showed us a place which we did not like. After searching for some time for a “good hotel”, we zeroed in on a lodge that had Wi-Fi!!