Today is the long awaited Election Day in Nepal, but here at Everest Base Camp we awoke to another sunny beautiful day. While having breakfast we heard a drum from a nearby camp and set off to investigate. An International expedition was having a Puja so many of us joined in, took pictures and helped them with their celebration by eating food, drinking beer, chang and whiskey. Chang is made on site from rice and fermented fruit and packs quite a punch!
The Ice Doctors finished fixing ropes and ladders up through the Khumbu Icefall today. So the route to camp one is now ready and waiting.
A baseball game was played in the afternoon but due to a time change most of our group missed it. Otherwise, today was a fairly quiet day in camp. Our Puja is scheduled for tomorrow morning so the Sherpas are already making food and getting ready for this ceremony where offerings of food and drink along with prayers are made to Chomolunga to request that she allow safe passage to our climbers.
Some watched a movie, “Darjeeling Limited”, after dinner and we all listened to the sounds of the mountain – the cracking of the ice and the rolling thunder of avalanches.