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Everest Base Camp Trekker Becky Bacheller Reports From Dingboche!

A rest day is not actu­al­ly a rest day” but a day where we get to wake up 12 hour lat­er and we don’t have to pack up our bags! This was so sur­pris­ing to every­one that the Sher­pas still said 6:30 when they woke us up instead of 7.

Our cul­tur­al activ­i­ty for the morn­ing was going out to the pota­to fields behind the guest­house and ask­ing ques­tions of the Sher­pa fam­i­ly while they tried to sort them. They buried them in the ground to store them after har­vest so they could replant them.

We took a rel­a­tive­ly grad­ual hike after break­fast which means no stairs to crawl up and did about 700 feet in maybe two hours to a tea house in Bibre.

We encoun­tered our first snow which I poked with my beloved trekking pole and then Glenn and Richard con­tin­ued their hike fur­ther while every­one else turned back. Deana tried to keep morale high by hav­ing us all sing Amer­i­can Pie.

We reached 15,000 feet today. Tomor­row we head out for Lobuche at our reg­u­lar time.

-Becky Bacheller

Vil­lage life: plant­i­ng bar­ley with an old-fash­ioned plow 

Vil­lage life: pota­to plant­i­ng season

View of Island Peak on our day hike