Time at Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp was worth making a Three Passes Trek detour. Our next destinations should have been Kongma La Pass, but even before starting the trek, we have decided to skip it. Making that pass would have made us tired and potentially move vulnerable on Island Peak. Going that thought direction, we continued our way to Dingboche, where we were supposed to meet our guide – arranged in Kathmandu.
Dingboche is full of different teahouses, some of them really huge and the new being built. This was the place where we started seeing some organised tourists and watched ‘Everest’ movie in one of the cafes (yes, there was a real coffee there). We took a lodge that organised us guide for Island Peak. The teahouse name sounded like ‘Everest Resort‘. As usual, quite decent lodge. I have an impression that the closer to civilisation we were, the warmer it was getting in each of the teahouses. We tried some mountaineering equipment there, chosen shoe size, settled the logistics and moved to Chukhung the next day.
This is a 2 nights destination. We spent here the night before the Island Peak base camp, and the night after the ascent. We had really good time in Khangri Resort, having long conversations with another girl who climbed Illimani in Bolivia and listening to the Lodge host. That young guy, very smart, spoke really good English and was even rapping Eminem (lol). The lodge had a shower (+1 to their amenities) and deserved us paying extra for it. This is also the place where we tried our first Nepalese pizza. Not my taste, but you won’t get any treats on this altitude.