Saludos to all you readers... Our super team is doing great so far!
After a super fantastic restful sleep at the luxurious Himalayan lodge in Pheriche and our usual breakfast of champions consisting of eggs, cereal, varieties of delicious bread and caffeinated beverages, we set out on our trek toward our next destination…the lovely Lobuche~5,000 meters or 16,180 feet. Of note, Mark had shaved off his handsome beard and left a even foxier moustache :)… all our Sherpa wanted to color it black! One of the highlights of my morning was meeting with First Ascent’s Melissa Arnot. Who had climbed Mount Everest to its summit on several occasions (my hero). Despite her busy schedule, Melissa had also kindly shared advice regarding my gear for this climb as well as given me her lucky summit suit. We trekked along with our fluffy four-legged friends to the little mountain town of Thukla where we stopped for lemon tea and French fries with tons of sodium chloride! We hiked up a steep trail to the chortens in memory of many Sherpa and climbers who had lost their lives climbing Mount Everest and other local mountains. The mood at the memorial was somber and emotional as trekkers and climbers paid their respects to Scott Fisher, Babu Chhiri Sherpa and others. We then crossed a mellow trail into Lobuche. En route to Lobuche, Bob shook hands with Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mount Everest in 1963 (this is the 50th anniversary of his summit) as well as rubbed shoulders with Dave Hahn for good luck; Dave is the only American to have summitted Mount Everest over 10 times. After a yummy lunch we hiked up to see the Khumbu glacier and amazing views of Kala Pathar, Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Nuptse. The rest of the evening was spent at our comfy Mother Earth lodge resting, playing hearts and other card games while feasting on masala chai and biscuits. Of note the Indian team from Pune were also with us at the lodge. The great day ended with a tasty dinner and lots of laughs while selecting a list of entertaining flicks to watch at Everest base camp in the next few weeks to come……..
Tomorrow we look forward to hiking into Gorakshep, hike up Kala Pathar for spectacular views of Mount Everest and the Himalayan range and make our way to our home away from home for the next several weeks…. The Everest Base Camp :)
OK that’s all for now… until our next update… Namaste!
Shobita Rajagopalan on behalf of our WMS-Peak Promotion Everest Expedition team.