Day 5 of our trek was spent trekking to Dingboche which was bitterly cold (just for the record). Dingboche lies at 4410m. The morning was fairly easy as it was fairly flat with some steps, we had lunch at Syomare and Ama Dablam was literally on our doorstep, believe me when I say it's a stunning mountain.
After lunch we trekked for 1.5 hours and it was all uphill but thankfully gradual and we now had both Lhotse and Lhotse Shar on our doorstep. At this point Everest was hiding behind its neighbours. We had a day of rest ahead at Dingboche to aid with acclimatisation and we used every opportunity to stay in the sun to be warm.
On our first night, as the accomodation block had no light, Nick had a very unfortunate incident when he went to the toilet. He completely missed the hole.....I don't think I need to say anymore.
We had a small trek on our rest day (day 6) to acclimatise, the views today made Nick even more determined to conquer Island Peak (he saw an amazing picture at our tour company's office). It was our guide's birthday and somehow we were fooled into getting a free drink by buying him one. How does that make sense?