Graeme and Leanne Carling Climb for a Cure: The Everest Diaries – Day 5

Day 5 of our Everest base camp trek has been an exciting one.

We left Debuche after breakfast and made our way to Dingboche. We had a relatively good night’s sleep, which was a refreshing change from the previous nights. The weather has been on our side once again, and there were very little hold-ups on the route.

The biggest change we noticed on day 5 was the weather and landscape. As we climbed higher, we left behind the trees and entered a more hostile-looking terrain. The temperature dropped significantly, and we had to layer up to keep ourselves warm. The scenery was breath-taking, with snow-capped peaks towering over us, and the sight of the mighty Everest in the distance was a motivation to keep going.

Dingboche is situated at an altitude of 4410 meters, and we can feel the effects of the high altitude. We had to take it slow and steady to avoid altitude sickness, and our guide was careful to monitor our health regularly. We were advised to drink plenty of water and keep ourselves hydrated to prevent any issues.

Despite the challenges of the high altitude, the trek was still enjoyable. The views were stunning, and the sense of achievement we felt with every step was immense. We were lucky to have a clear day, and the views of the surrounding mountains were awe-inspiring.

As we settle into Dingboche for the night, we are grateful for the warmth of the tea houses and the comfort of our sleeping bags. We are also excited to explore the village and learn more about the local culture. The village has a mix of traditional and modern, where the locals still practice their age-old customs while adapting to the needs of the modern world.

Overall, day 5 of our Everest base camp trek has been a challenging but rewarding experience. The change in weather and landscape is a reminder of the harsh terrain we are crossing, but it also gave us a glimpse of the beauty of the Himalayas. We are fortunate to have had a clear day and a smooth journey, and we are looking forward to the next leg of our adventure.

Leanne and Graeme are raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to support their efforts to find a cure for Type-1 Diabetes. In a bid to raise as much money for the charity as possible, Graeme and Leanne have launched a JustGiving page which can be found here: