Week 5 - 6 May 2020
Tengboche to Dingboche: 10.8km, 3.4 hours, 600 floors
You will remember Tengboche as a peaceful retreat where you meditated over that sinful cheesecake, and chanting with deep belief "I shall not eat the cheesecake, I shall not eat the cheesecake, I shall not eat the cheesecake, I shall not eat the cheesecake, I shall not eat the cheesecake". And with a little guilt, you will also remember snarfing it up, and whispering in a tiny voice "But you only live once" before exuding a satisfied burp.
Alas and all too soon, we have to leave the solitude of Tengboche and head towards the magnificent Dingboche, trekking from 3800m to 4400m. Dingboche is like those so-called friends in primary school who would dare you to do silly things like "I dare you to shave your head bald". But Dingboche is above silly things. She will dare you to acclimatise Nangkartshang Peak at 5100m. She will dare you to go higher to Lobuche, even higher to Gorak Shep and still higher to Kala Patthar until finally, exhausted, you reach EBC.
Begin your Stage 5 trek by taking part in a Zoom video chat on 6 May 8pm Singapore time. Please observe all social distancing rules.