Day 20: Rest Day in Dingboche
After two long days of trekking we decided to take a rest day at Dingboche to recharge before the push to Chukhung Ri. Dingboche is a long sprawling settlement with a few book stores, cafe's with spotty wifi, bakeries, & The Khumbu Conservation & Climate Change Research Center that has information on climate change in the Himalayas. Dingboche is a remarkable town where most of the energy by solar power. We spent the day doing laundry, having coffee, checking email, and filling up on various food options. You can also take a short walk to the old Stupa in southern Dingboche. There are plenty of side trips you can take towards Periche, Thukpa (close to memorials for fallen mountaineers), or take various walks around the surrounding lower sections of the surrounding mountains. Although Lhotse dominates the view, Dingboche sits at the foot of Amphu Labsa, & Ama Dablam to the southeast. Also, if you change your mind about your route and decide to make your way to Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar you don't have to backtrack. Just walk up the hill behind Amadablam Guest House (lower Dingboche) towards the large white Stupa and follow the many trails (west) up, down and over another hill to Periche (about 30 minutes from the white stupa).
You don't have to take a rest day and can move on to Chukhung if you desire, however if planning to go to Chukhung Ri or Island Peak Base Camp, you may need the rest.