Local Time: 5pm Saturday 1st April
Weather: Cloudy -4C
Hi, it’s Chris here.
Last night we slept 14 hours from 7pm to 9am! We are glad of our good sleeping bags, because it was -2C in our room when we woke up. I am pleased to report that all four of us are feeling great at this new altitude.
After breakfast Bridge and I went to Fiona and Paul’s campsite where Paul was already off on a small adventure to the top of the ridge to see the Khumbu glacier. I convinced Fiona that we should do the same, so we set off on a 50m climb up a slope that was 80% snow, 20% rock. I’m sure it was easy for Fiona, but it was my most advanced bit of mountaineering in my life and I was a bit worried that we would go sliding down the slope to the rocks below. We made it to the top no problems, and the view of the glacier leading up to Base Camp was great. It looked like the ocean in a storm, with big ice waves that were covered in rocks.
After the small adventure we dedicated the rest of the day to acclimatising, which is really just an excuse to do nothing, so we played a lot of 500 (card game), which by the way Bridget and I are winning 4 games to 2.
More acclimitising activities
Bridget here. As I write, it has just started snowing!! While we have walked through some snow the last day or so, this is the first time we have seen the white stuff fall from the sky – quite exciting, at least for Chris and I who don’t have to walk back to a tent soon!
However, back to other things we do on our rest days. We all love watching yaks. There is quite a few of them “parked” outside at the moment. They are really placid animals. They all wear bells around their necks, and we’ve become used to the background jangling of the bells. It’s a nice sound on rest days and a critical warning on walking days to get out of the way of an oncoming “yak attack”. Lots of the yaks also have coloured earrings and other decorations. Our lodges are also heated by yak dung fires. All the lodges have big piles of dried yak dung, which is then fed into a pot belly style fire. So far we haven’t noticed any bad smell from this!
Next few days
Chris and I have accommodation at Base Camp with Paul and Fiona’s expedition from April 6th. So we’ve got a couple more rest days coming up. Paul and Fiona are off to Gorak Shep tomorrow and then Base Camp the following day. We will hopefully meet them at Gorak Shep on the 4th to climb Kala Pattar – a small mountain with awesome views of Everest. From the 6th we’ll have a few more days together of chocolate, cards and books! This trekking business certainly has lots of down time!
Look forward to catching up on all your messages in a few days time,
Chris and Bridget
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