A period of rest before the final assault is common practice amongst the different groups who climb Everest. Many descend to lower altitudes to rest and recover as appetites and energy levels are not always 100% at Base Camp (17500ft). We set our sites on Dewoche (3754m) for its proximity to base camp, and since it is below tree line, the air will be refreshingly thicker.
Our hike down takes us to Pheriche where we had stayed on the way up and remember well the hot showers and really nice common room where we all hang out until the late evening before retiring to our wood paneled rooms. It is warmer than we remember…
The way down is much faster than our hike before and making good time we arrive in Deboche by 1pm: just in time for a huge lunch and discovery of a new food plate which has become our main standby. Chicken chili: Nepali cousin of chicken wings and amazing.
I leave the group to go shopping in Namche, a short hike down the trail. There I stay at the Khumbu Lodge with Kanak Naidu and Lindsay Scott; friends from Base Camp on their way home and EricPoppleton and Eric Hanson who were working on a filming project at Base Camp. My shopping done and items for the rest of the group found I return the next day with thunder and rainclouds threatening…
The 10th is my first real rest day. At this point the group has been inactive for >24 hours, so lead by Mingmar we set off up the hill for a little hike. We end up napping in a side canyon on yak grazing grounds under a very gentle Nepali sun. All this while we get an update on the weather from Mingmar and learn that it is snowing in Base Camp and in general is unpleasant. Winds are projected by be strong until the 17th at this point. Soon we start our way back. Hopefully making good time…While in Dewoche we also visit the Nunnery, which is independent from the much larger monastery up the hill in Tengboche.
Today we managed to cover the ground between Dewoche and Pheriche in satisfying time and arrive for a late lunch of chicken chili and milk tea. Our agenda for the rest of the day is to rest and plan for the longer hike up the valley, back to our home at Base Camp.
Greetings to everyone at home and thank you for your continued support! We have had the occasional chance to check in on the blog. We appreciate your words of encouragement so much! We are excited: this is part of the final push to the summit of Everest! Only uphill from here!! (…until we go home.)