November 13th, 2016 Trek to Khamding (Hospital Construction Site)

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Another amazing day in Nepal. I opened my tent this morning and watched the first streaks of light reach Mt Everest. Low clouds still clung in the valley below us with the occasional blue pink or golden tendril rising up to obstruct our view. Although our morning was still, the lenticular cloud trailing off the peak of Everest betrayed the high winds on the summit. The day followed with a leisurely meander through the high meadows and valleys of the Solukhumbu district with continued blue skys and unobstructed views of the Himalayan range. We finally arrived mid morning at the village of Khamding, the construction site of the Wonchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital. Construction continued throughout the day with extensive ground preparation for a 8 building hospital serving over 50,000 in the three local district where no or little health care has existed previously. We arrived with much fanfare and appreciation with a marigold necklace and colorful Khata for each person. The day only improved as we enjoyed our first field shower in many days. Afternoon activities included an international soccer tournement between the Mikaru (white eyes) and our sherpa brothers. The rest of the group explored the local village enjoying many cold beverages. The evening capped by an electrical CME lecture on lightning injuries by Dr Eric Johnson, yet another amazing meal prepared by our sherpa cooks, and a brief on the final architectual plans of the hospital. The final event for the evening included a special production of dancing and music by our sherpa guides.