Today is the very very last day of the adventure! Today we fly to Kathmandu. Anyone following the news will know this is not an entirely un-dangerous feat (unfortunately there are a few crashes yearly on this route). But the weather seemed great, so I was not too worried about us not making it back home safely.
We got up around 6.30, packed our things and had breakfast together with Edgar, Tommy and David. Everyone was in a good mood. For me I had mixed feelings. At one hand I was excited to go back to the capital for new adventures, and on the other hand I was feeling a bit blue about leaving the Himalayas behind!
We managed to get a flight back around 10 - Pemba and I were in different flights. Around 11am we where both safely reunited in Kathmandu and headed back to the hotel in Kathmandu. Here the rock star style continued! There was once again a huge banner with Pemba and my name on it, congratulating us on summiting Island Peak! I couldn't help but smile :)
The afternoon was spending chilling in my favorite hangout spot in Kathmandu - OR2K, eating my favorite cake - "Zuricake", catching up with friends at home on the computer.
In the evening we had a farewell dinner, together with a Swedish group of people having just completed their EBC and Kala Pathar trek.
I traveled to the restaurant on the back of Pemba’s motorbike. Driving on a motorbike in Kathmandu is definitely a cultural experience!
We had some very nice traditional Nepali dinner, spiced with some traditional Nepali dancing and lots of laughter. I had met the Swedish group of travelers on the trail earlier, and it was nice to see everyone back safe and in a good mood. After driving with the Swedish back to the hotel, we decided to go for a night cap. I had nice local rum, to try to start burning away some of all the food we had enjoyed for dinner. And then that was it. I headed home to my room.
The end of an adventure. I felt a little sad. But then again - no I knew this was not going to be the last adventure. I am sure I will return to adventure with Peak Promotion. And I am sure that Pemba and I will stay in touch and have many more good times. So I went to bed feeling quite good actually!
Namaste, over and out from the Himalayas - for now!