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Rest day at Dingboche (4343 m) to acclimate our bodies to the altitude. We hiked up Nangartsang peak to 4850 meters in order to see the surrounding countryside from on high. A sudden snowstorm almost blew us off the mountain, so we retreated back to our lodge. We're staying in a typical lodge - gravel floors and plywood walls. The cold weather forces us to sleep in all of our clothes, including heavy down jackets. This isn't convenient when we have to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night (we're drinking 4-6 liters of water a day to fight altitude sickness), hoping not to see a yak blocking our path to the outhouse.
Lone shepard girl and her yak herd in Dingboche.
.Who needs central heating?
The Sheraton, Nepal-style: gravel floors and plywood walls. You can hear your neighbors as if they're sleeping in the same room.