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Why Staying Two Nights is Essential at Dingboche?

  • 08-May-2017
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Dingboche, a small local village en route to Everest base camp at 4410 meters above sea level is also a popular acclimatization site for most of the hikers aiming to step at base camp and or other Everest adventures. Staying two nights here at Dingboche is essential as this place gives you ample acclimatization and quite a few options to go for a nearby hike to keep you active on this rest day. The best thing about being active is that we get to explore the new site at a higher elevation and it always helps our body to adapt to changing atmosphere/ oxygen level.

So, now the question arises, is it mandatory to stay two nights at Dingboche? No, every people have different strengths, weaknesses, and their own limitations. If you are an avid walker and have been to high altitude trek before, you can take a step further and stay overnight at lodges in Thukla too. Or, Pheriche can be another option with more teahouses than Thukla. Thukla is more of a lunch site with a bakery and a couple of restaurants. The EBC route also diverts towards Cho La pass and Lobuche from Thukla.

However, there are many good reasons to stop a couple of nights at Dingboche. One main reason is for acclimatization as you are approaching 4500m above sea level, it will always be a smart choice to spend one more night here. Another is the availability of acclimatization hiking options, you can either go towards Nagarjun hill at the southern part of Dingboche that offers great views of Lobuche and other southern Everest Himalayas. On the other hand, you can also embark on a couple of hours hike towards Chukkung, a route to Island peak and excellent views of Amadablam, Makalu, and other nearby Himalayas.

Similarly, the availability of several quality teahouses, lodges, restaurants with lodging and fooding services, shops, and bakeries will enhance your trekking experience. Stunning up-close views Amadablam is seen in front of us and the island peak shines in front of your hotel window at Dingboche. While making your EBC trek all the way from Lukla, Dingboche will surely be the best view day.

Therefore, the choice of either staying or not staying overnight at Dingboche depends on your planned itinerary, physical fitness level, and time availability. We, however, regard that it is essential. The decision is yours!

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