There are no prizes for guessing correctly but did you have a go? Well, if you did, let’s see if you were correct.
It was Day 6 of a 14-day trek to Everest Base Camp. As it’s important for your body to acclimatise to the ever-increasing altitude, we had a rest day in Dingbouche. It is about 4,500 metres above sea level so we were pretty high by that point. I was very happy to rest there because the scenery was spectacular and I had the chance to sit back and enjoy it.
The other reason why I was so happy was that it had… wait for it…. a shower. Not only that, it was a hot shower. I couldn’t believe my luck after days of washing in cold water. That’s not much fun when the weather’s cold. I could barely contain my excitement. That was until… I saw the shower cubicle: A teeny, weeny corrugated iron cabin outside. I have to honest and confess that I was a little taken aback when I was first shown the cubicle but I really wanted and, by that point, needed a shower and it had HOT water. I couldn’t miss out on that opportunity!
I grabbed my stuff and entered the shower cubicle. It was great because I had hot water on tap. That was until the water stopped flowing. I had been forewarned about that so I followed the instructions I had been given by the owner, which were as follows: ‘When the water stops, knock on the door and I will refill it for you’. So, I did as instructed, knocked the door, heard some clambering around overhead, and then moments later the water started again once he had refilled the bottle on the roof.
It was a surreal experience showering in this little metal cubicle surrounded by the most amazing scenery. It’s one of those amusing experiences I will fondly remember forever.
Just in case you weren’t sure: The new experience was showering in a manual shower in a metal cubicle at a high altitude and the place was Dingbouche in Nepal. Did you guess correctly?
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If you are staying in guesthouses as you trek to Everest Base Camp, you will probably stop here to acclimatise.