After the climb up Kala Patthar, we left our lodge at Gorekshep and trekked back to Lobuche. The plan was to trek westward to the Cho La pass leaving the Everest Base Camp trail. From here began the second phase of our trek.
We reached Lobuche which was a quick 2 hour walk from Gorekshep. Our Sherpas asked us if we wanted to continue for another 3-4 hours to Dzongla or stay at Lobuche for the night and move the next day. While this was doable we took the easier option to stay in Lobuche for the night, take some rest and condition our bodies for Cho La. We decided to take this high pass nice and slow and be better prepared with the altitude. It hard to imagine but even after almost two weeks of trekking tour bodies were having difficulties coping up with the altitude.
The next day, we bid goodbye to Lobuche one last time and continued the trail westwards as planned before. The route faded out from the main Everest Base Camp trail which goes down to Periche and traces back to Dingboche. While we took the scenic route through the Mt. Lobuche East base camp. The trail narrows to a sheer drop to the valley below. We saw some vegetation again and even yaks grazing the meadows at some places. Ragged granite mountain peaks of Mt Taboche and Mt. Cholatse towered over us in this trail and within a few hours, we reached Dzongla.
This was arguably the best village on the trek and without doubt, hands down had the best views of the Khumbu Himalayas from a village. Dzongla was a small fairy-tale village with only around 2-3 lodges to stay at. That evening was covered in mist and fog and it snowed overnight.
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