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DAY 11 Dzongla to Lobuche

Before we get into todays walk, lets discuss hygiene, shall we?

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1. Showers are scarce, and expensive, so rarely applied! Washy washy (a bowl of warm water) in the morning is surprisingly effective, and refreshing

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2. Toilets, as previously discussed, tend to the squat variety as we get higher up, so to see a western dunny is greeted with giddy excitement. Regardless of style, odours can be a little fruity, and flushing is by means of a large bucket of water and a jug for dispensing! “Shit tickets” are placed in a bin beside toilet, thus adding to the sensory overload!
3. Hand basins are a novelty, thus hand sanitizer is liberally used.

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4. Laundry is an option extra, we washed a few things by the river one day which proved adequate. Merino wool clothing is surprisingly odour free we believe, in fact I wore the same base layer T-shirt for 7 days before washing it (might have been stretching the friendship there!)

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Ok, walking time and we are back on the track at about 8.45 from our cosy lodge in Dzongla to Lobuche, after a sleep in till 7.30, and leisurely breakfast.

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We only have a short 3.5 hour walk following the valley, the scenery along the way was magical, as always!

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Everywhere you look you are greeted by surprise after surprise, truly awesome in its scale and grandeur.

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We reach the meeting point of the main EBC route, before joining it and wandering in to Lobuche which consists of a few lodges, and a cafe who’s claim to fame is being the coffee shop at the highest altitude in the world, and luckily the coffee was good!

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We went for a short walk to check out the glacier we’ll tackle tomorrow, before heading for the dining room for the rest of the afternoon/evening, to read, people watch, or just take in the heady aroma of kerosene and yak dung, as attempt after attempt to get the pot bell to fire up failed.

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Eventually success, and a reduction in that very special scent which permeates the walls of lodge dining rooms throughout Nepal.

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Brendan Eames says

    Terrific scenery and photography Hugh. Well done. Slide night when you return ??? Hope not !

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