We spent the morning doing a steep trek up the hills behind Namche, rising about 500 metres in order to aclimatise to the altitude. When we reached our highest point, we could see Ama Dhablam through the clouds. The view is breath-taking, it makes me now want to glimpse Mt Everest more than ever.
We then descended into the Secret Green Valley to the village of Khumjung. There, we visited the Buddhist monastery where offerings were given and Rod forgot the general Public Displays of Affection rule and gave Nyema, our sherpa a great big bear hug in the middle of the ceremony. Shaaaame!
We broke for hot lemon before heading back to Namche, arriving into our lodge at one-ish – ahead of the Newcastle group who had departed before us. How superior we are!
Spent the afternoon reading Stieg Larsson, stockpiling chocolate as per the advice of various Nottingham groups who are descending past us. Dinner was potato and cauliflower curry followed by Kelly’s birthday cake.
One of our group is being sent back to Kathmandu due to ‘exhaustion’.
Our sherpas are Prakash (being sent down with the ailing member of the team), Nyema (head sherpa) and Dawar.