Saturday, April 25, 2009
From Forest to Tundra in 6 Hours
Yesterday the trek from Tengboche to Dingboche was quite amazing. You start walking through a forest of rhododendron, evergreen, and birch and end up in a tundra above tree line dotted with stunted junipers. The transition was very interesting to watch unfold as we hiked our way to Dingboche. During lunch we had a rare opportunity to see several blue goats up on a nearby moutain side. "Blue" is a little bit of a misnomer as they have more of a brown coloring to them. I'm not sure my camera zoom did much justice, but they were rather magnificent. We will spend the next two nights at Dingboche. With its altitude around 14,200', it will be like sleeping and spending a few days on the highest peaks of Colorado!