Sunday 8th July
08/07/2012 - 08/07/2012
The walk back greeted us with spectacular views of the mountain range the sky was clear blue with no clouds backing Everest, as we prepared to leave the 3 boys from Hong Kong greeted us, racing up across the mountain at great speed! We left Everest behind and clambered over the gigantic boulders and rocky landscape. Ines and Sven came with us giving Tanka company by their guide and porter. The path was not set but we looked for the piled rocks to guide us in the grey desolate environment which has no green life. It was humbling as we were so tiny and insignificant. We crossed the flat plain with no trees and were accompanied by another dog to keep our spirits up. We passed Lobuche and the clouds were starting to rise further down in the valley ready to enclose the views we saw this morning. Our way to Dughla we had the descent of the rocky mountain face after the tombstones, the climb was relentless and repetitive on the knees as they were pounded over and around the rocks. We arrived at Yak lodge and stopped for lunch, the Canadian girls met us and had their traditional packet noodles. The route was so familiar we all underestimated the time it would take to Pheriche, we crossed the glacial river and headed down the valley into the reviving glacier basin. We passed the Yaks and were welcomed into a lush green valley. The Himalayan Lodge was our stop for tonight with our trekking crew, to celebrate we ordered sprites and beer with our dinner. We watched Matt and Emily debate the kilos of rocks collected and examine them with such precision before labelling and plotting their origin via GPS.