Monday 9th July
09/07/2012 - 09/07/2012
We headed down from Pheriche into woodland, it was a comforting feeling to be surrounded by woods and thick air opposed to the exposure of the mountains. The rivers were growing in width and velocity, thundering through the valleys, life was multiplying before our eyes in all shapes and sizes. The sweet aroma of the pine and closeness of the woods was warming and gave a magical setting. We met some Army men and wanted some pictures with the locals, they weren't too keen so Tanka told them Tommy was the Chief of the British Army and they agreed- we walked off giggling when he translated that to us. We reached the descent of the valley again the downhill was just as demanding as the climb up, pounding knees as we lowered, temperature increasing so stops were needed. We had lunch at the bottom after we checked out of the check point. The next climb was easier and as we exited the trees, the clouds were heading over the next mountain. We meandered around the mountains on a sand path and all had some thinking time, I was planning Tommy's birthday gift and he was planning his next move - unbeknown to me. We were submerged in mist as we reached the height of the mountain and eventually we saw the welcoming sights of Namche. We climbed down into Namche and met our trekking crew in a lovely tea house. We had tea and caught up about the sights of Everest. We were very lucky to have such a friendly group of people travelling with us to share our adventure.