Hiking Duration: 4 hours
Nagarjuna Altitude: 5100 meters
Highlights of Day 7: Acclimatization day in Dingboche
- Hike to Nagarjuna
- Amazing settlement in Dingboche
- Unique Sherpa Tradition and Culture
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Acclimatization: “hike high, sleep low”
Today was my second acclimatization day in Dingboche. Hike high, so where should we go today? We had already discussed this yesterday. We were hiking to Nagarjuna Hill, a nearby hill with a height of 5100 meters.
Acclimatization days are the days when you help your body acclimatize with the increasing altitude. Acclimatization is necessary when you are trekking to the higher altitudes. If your body cannot cope with the changing altitude, the ratio of oxygen saturation in air, weather, and temperature, you can be a victim of altitude sickness.
We begun our hike to Nagarjuna at 7 am in the morning. We had a filling breakfast before we started to hike. I was carrying a camera and some snacks in my daypack. The hike passed through a steep slope for more than three hours. “Don’t hurry, don’t worry!”, Gun Das was saying this at intervals. I was drinking water from time to time from my water bladder.
While hiking up, there were some amazing views that projected to deeply impress me. The range of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m) was looking majestic!
We hiked up gradually enjoying the mesmerizing view of the Periche Valley. The higher we were, I felt like touching the sky and floating over the fluffy clouds. It was an amazing experience.
After hours of hiking, we reached the top of Nagarjun. Witnessing the most beautiful sceneries of the Himalayas, beautiful valleys, and varying landscapes, we returned to Dingboche. The trail was windy while we returned.
At Dingboche, we had our lunch, I decides that we were going on an exploration tour into the village. Dingboche was a tiny settlement where there were lots of lodges. There, we saw the cultivated lands. People were working in the fields. We saw that they cultivated potatoes and grains (mostly buckwheat). The fields were surrounded by the stone walls. The walls had stones piled over one another.
The people were friendly. They were always ready to smile their sweetest smiles. The children, they were innocent. There were some that ran after me asking for chocolates. I had some and I fairly distributed among them.
As the sun was traveling away, it was getting much colder. We returned to the teahouse. I kept myself busy reading a book that I’d brought. (I didn’t read it every day on the trek, but i did sometimes)
I decided to go to bed earlier. So, after fully loading my appetite, I went to sleep.
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