Local Time: Tues 11th April
Weather: Overcast, up to 10C
Hi everyone, it's Fiona here,
Today Paul and I left our low
altitude respite lodge and headed back up the Khumbu Valley to Lobuche.
After a breakfast of eggs on toast, we set off this morning towards Lobuche.
At first we were dismayed because the uphill climbs still feel like such hard
work and we were disappointed that we hadn't acclimatized better. However, we
soon noticed that we are taking much less time to cover the same amount of
ground (up to twice the speed of our first ascent here). That made us feel
much better! In fact we went from Pheriche to Lobuche in 2 hours and ten
We rested for a while in
Dugla and chatted to a couple of Aussies we bumped into. Then continued up to
Lobuche where we met up with the portion of our climbing group who had been
away from base camp for the last week climbing Island Peak. They seem like
they've had a great trip and everyone of them made the summit. Congratulations
all, and farewell to those Island Peaker's and Trekkers that have now
We're all staying at the same
lodge so we had lunch with them and then played some very silly word
association games (very difficult and funny when you throw in the language and
cultural differences) and another game that would be much more fun with a
bottle of Schnapps and shot glasses! After we all tired of this, we retreated
to our rooms for naps and reading. I think I have already read more novels on
this trip than I have in the last 10 years!
The Political Situation Here
You may have heard news of the political situation here so I thought I'd give
you a perspective from here.
In Kathmandu the Maoists'
planned strikes and curfews seem to have gone ahead as planned. These are not
targeted at tourists and we believe that most tourist services are still
operating (airports, taxis, hotels, etc). However that doesn't mean that the
activity is not having an effect on tourists. We dropped in at the medical
clinic in Pheriche today and were told that a Swedish trekker was seen
yesterday suffering from HAPE. When they tried to get a helicopter in to
evacuate her, they found that the pilot wasn't able to get to the airport, so
they couldn't evacuate her. Fortunately the treatment they gave her overnight
worked very well and she was able to trek out today but it could have been
As far as we can tell from
speaking to people, there is currently no Maoist activity past Lukla (the town
we flew into).
In the Annapurna trekking
region (not near us but very popular with trekkers), the Maoists are very
active but so far there has not been any violence - despite the fact that they
carry weapons. Apparently, they come into lodges and demand a certain amount
of money per person - for which they issue a receipt. If they again ask for
money, they are satisfied if they are shown a receipt. It doesn't seem too bad
at the moment but could easily get out of hand. Hopefully the demonstrations
in Kathmandu will end soon so that the city can return to normal.
Well, that's all for now.
Hope everyone back home and logging in here is well.