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After a rest day in Dingboche it is time to get on the trail again.
Start the day by heading north-west out of Dingboche and passing by a particularly well positioned Stupa (shrine) with a great view of where you've come from, and where you're headed next. Continue north-west and pass above the village of Pheriche to reach the tiny settlement of Dugla.
The section of trail to Dugla enjoys the most staggering view of Ama Dablam so make sure you occasionally turn around and enjoy the panorama. From Dugla climb a zig zag path northwards up the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
Although relatively short, the climb still feels quite tough as you push towards 5000 metres.
It takes around one hour to complete the climb but there is no rush so go slower if you feel like you need to.
The climb ends at the vague Thokla Pass, where there is a collection of memorials to climbers who have died in the Everest region and many of the names will be familiar to those who know their mountaineering history.
Once at the col and on flatter ground, follow a good path next to the glacial moraine for one hour to reach Lobuche.
The view from of Nuptse is fantastic from Lobuche.