Local Time: 19:30, May 26
Weather: Fine in the morning, then overcast and raining in the afternoon,
Hi Everyone, It's Paul here.
Yesterday we packed up most of our gear, gave lots of stuff to our Sherpas,
and got three bags ready for porters to carry to Lukla. This morning we
finished packing the stuff we would need for the trek out.
We have walked for most of
the day and are now here in the White Yak lodge in Pheriche, having just eaten
dinner. This lodge has a real toilet, which although I will appreciate it, I
think Mary and Fiona will more!
Saying thanks to Danuru
Yesterday I sought out Danuru, the Sherpa who gave me his oxygen just below
the South Summit. Quite a crowd quickly assembled, and in front of most of the
Sherpa team I acknowledged how super strong I thought he was and thanked him
from the bottom of my heart. I told everyone that I know first hand how
difficult it is to be on oxygen one minute and then without it a minute later.
His unselfish gesture resulting in him being without oxygen, resolved for me
what was quickly becoming a very bad situation. I gave him a big tip, which he
Our Camp Beds
On the advice of Mike Curtain from Melbourne, we took camp beds to base camp
with us. These beds are canvas stretched around a metal frame and steel legs.
They even have a spring suspension system. They were extremely comfortable to
sleep on, especially as the ice melts underneath your tent, making for a very
uneven bed. We were the envy of several people at base camp. We gave these
beds to our Sherpas and Mary gave hers to the cook, Pemba. They were extremely
excited to receive these!
This morning we packed a small amount of clothes, sleeping bags, rain gear,
said our goodbyes and headed off with Mingma and Dasona. Shortly afterwards,
they said that they would have to go ahead. This was a subtle way of saying
that we weren’t walking fast enough as they had a lot further to go than us.
We gave them a good tip, exchanged email addresses & said our final goodbyes.
They then strode off at a very fast rate.
After parting with Dasona and
Mingma we headed towards Lobuche. The path winds its way over the moraine from
the Khumbu Glacier, so it's very uneven and difficult to walk on. You have to
be careful not to sprain an ankle. We reached Gorak Shep in a little under two
hours, had a short rest and then headed onto Lobuche for lunch. Lunch was at
the Eco Lodge, which is a place I highly recommend to anyone who is in Lobuche.
I had pizza which was fantastic. We met some of the Asian Trekking team,
including Doug & Julia, who we had got to know in Camp 2.
After Lobuche, the path is much easier to travel on, however you are still on
the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. At the foot of the glacier is the memorial
chortens to climbers who have lost their lives. We noticed that there is a
large new one adorned with prayer flags for Sean Egan who unfortunately lost
his life last year attempting to become the oldest Canadian to summit Everest.
This point marks the end of
the Khumbu Glacier. There is a steep drop as you decend down the terminal
moraine to Dugla. We continued past Dugla down further to the valley floor
below, some 600m. This was difficult for all of us, as it's a steep decent and
Fiona and my toes are still sore from all the decending we have done in the
past few days. Getting to the flat valley was a relief, and it was a gentle
few kilometers to Pheriche.
After Lobuche we started to see green grass, Juniper bushes, moss and small
purple flowers (Mary thinks they look like Primulas??). We haven't seen any
living plants for months so this was really great. I can't communicate how
much I miss seeing plants, because I don't really understand why. I am not a
green thumb or avid gardener. I am sure as we head down further we should see
all the fields of potatoes.
Bye for now,
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