Dingboche

Dingboche (दिङबोचे) 27°53′N 86°49′E / 27.883°N 86.817°E / 27.883; 86.817 is a Sherpa village in the Khumbu region of north eastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley. Its population was estimated at approximately 200 in 2011. It is situated at an altitude of 4,410 metres (14,470 ft).[1]

Dingboche

दिङबोचे
Dingboche Village
Dingboche Village
Dingboche is located in Nepal
Dingboche
Dingboche
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°53′N 86°49′E / 27.883°N 86.817°E / 27.883; 86.817Coordinates: 27°53′N 86°49′E / 27.883°N 86.817°E / 27.883; 86.817
Country   Nepal
ProvinceProvince No. 1
DistrictSolukhumbu District
Elevation
4,410 m (14,470 ft)
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NST)
Postal code
56002
Area code(s)038

TourismEdit

Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. Parties will typically spend two nights in Dingboche for acclimatization purposes.[2]

The village relies heavily on tourists with lodges and tenting areas comprising most of Dingboche. The Imja River flows directly east of the village.[3]

A helicopter landing pad is located just west of the Imja River, near Moonlight Lodge. Dingboche is home to an Internet cafe (using satellite technology) and one of the world's highest billiard parlors.

 
Small stupa near Imja river
 
Stupa with Taboche in the background

One of the characteristics of Dingboche is the kilometers of stone walls, built using the stones of different sizes that cover the entire Valley of Imja. These stones are removed in order to plow the soil and end up being piled one over the other creating kilometers of walls.

TransportEdit

Coming from Namche Bazaar or Tengboche, Dingboche is the better alternative than the village of Pheriche, in being more sunny, and less affected by the icy winds that descend through the Valley of Khumbu. There are no roads that go to the village, only trails, and with the exceptions of some agricultural products produced around the village; yaks and mules carry most of what is consumed locally.[4]

ClimateEdit

Dingboche has a Tundra climate (Köppen classification ET). It has cool and rainy summers and dry and cold winters, affected mainly by its altitude and by monsoon in the summer. For those who will do trekking, the spring season (March and April) and autumn (October and November) are the ideal times because the visibility of the mountains is ideal and the temperature is not too cold. During the winter it is possible to trek, but the vast majority of places of accommodation are closed and the cold is intense and it is rarely above freezing point.

Climate data for Dingboche
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
1.5
(34.7)
4.7
(40.5)
8.5
(47.3)
11.1
(52.0)
13.7
(56.7)
13.0
(55.4)
12.6
(54.7)
11.5
(52.7)
8.9
(48.0)
5.3
(41.5)
3.2
(37.8)
7.9
(46.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.2
(19.0)
−6.4
(20.5)
−2.9
(26.8)
0.7
(33.3)
3.8
(38.8)
7.4
(45.3)
7.9
(46.2)
7.4
(45.3)
5.9
(42.6)
1.8
(35.2)
−2.9
(26.8)
−5.1
(22.8)
0.9
(33.6)
Average low °C (°F) −15.3
(4.5)
−14.2
(6.4)
−10.5
(13.1)
−7.0
(19.4)
−3.5
(25.7)
1.1
(34.0)
2.9
(37.2)
2.3
(36.1)
0.3
(32.5)
−5.3
(22.5)
−11.0
(12.2)
−13.4
(7.9)
−6.1
(21.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 9
(0.4)
8
(0.3)
12
(0.5)
13
(0.5)
16
(0.6)
64
(2.5)
140
(5.5)
151
(5.9)
71
(2.8)
31
(1.2)
2
(0.1)
3
(0.1)
520
(20.4)
Source: climate-data.org

GalleryEdit

 
Dingboche at night
 
A panoramic view from Everest Base Camp (altitude of 5,364 metres) - Tengboche to Dingboche

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Trekking Route map to Mt. Everest Base Camp". Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  2. ^ Muza, SR; Fulco, CS; Cymerman, A (2004). "Altitude Acclimatization Guide.". US Army Research Inst. of Environmental Medicine Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division Technical Report (USARIEM-TN-04-05). http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/7616 Archived 2009-04-23 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2009-03-05
  3. ^ Bradley, Mayhew; "Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya"; (2009); 9 edição; p 97 (map) and pp 117-118; Lonely Planet; ISBN 978-1-74104-188-0.
  4. ^ Shrestha, Vinos Prasad; “Concise Geography of Nepal”; (2007); Mandal Publications; ISBN 978-99946-55-04-5.

External linksEdit

(in English) Travelpod Dingboche