Altitude: 4900 metres
Weather: Cloudy most of the day with a dusting of snow overnight
Hi Everyone, we’re coming to you from Lobuche, on our rest day….inching ever closer to Basecamp.
We’re pleased to report that Marg, Fiona & Denise are all feeling a lot stronger and the whole team is ready for tomorrow’s hike to Gorak Shep – where we hope to meet up with Paul if he is feeling strong enough.
Today we thought we would make our report a little different. Instead of details of today’s activities (which were next to nothing!) we thought we would share some of our disparate thoughts on the trip so far. So here we go…
We have many quotable quotes, but one of our favourites was from Pemba when Cas asked ‘Are you sure about carrying this extra bag?’, Pemba replied ‘10% sure’ with a big smile on his face.
Favourite piece of technology
A UV water steriliser being used by an American trekker: 90 seconds to sterilise 1 litre of water and it comes with a solar panel that attaches to his pack and charges the device as he walks along.
Thoughts on tourism here
I think we all have mixed feelings about the impact we, as visitors, have on a very fragile environment. The areas we have walked through are beautiful and it is no wonder that so many people want to visit. Even at these high altitudes, local people have been utilising resources. In summer they have moved their yaks to the high country to make the most of grazing, and to cut grass to feed their animals during the winter. Today, one of our porters (being a rest day….) went back to Pheriche to bring up cartons of bottled water. With so much snow and also running water, our reliance on bottled and boiled water there seems to be an opening to provide low technology facilities to treat water on site. The lodge we are staying in has solar power for lighting but still relies heavily on kerosene for cooking although since the proclamation of Sagamartha National Park, tree-felling has virtually stopped and regeneration is occurring albeit slowly at such high altitudes. This World Heritage Area is struggling to provide ongoing employment for the Nepalese people while coping with the expectations of increasing numbers of trekkers and climbers experiencing this remarkable country. (Liz)
Hi, it’s Marg here now
As you have seen from a photo of me I have noticed the difference in washing techniques. Although I have learnt to pummel my clothes against the rocks, hope that they are clean and then spread them out on the rocks to dry, I am looking forward to more modern technology on my return home.
On a different note, I am in awe of the porters. They have to carry everything up the mountains in order to sustain human life – and to keep us comfortable. They are small in build but have such strength and fortitude – never seem to complain at all and are always willing to ‘go the extra mile’.
Things We’re Missing from Home (besides family and friends!)
Fresh fruit and vegetables (especially salads), our comfortable beds, vegemite (all the Aussies), real coffee, footy (for some), not having to get up in the night to go to the toilet, western toilets, hair straightener (Julia), yoghurt, newspapers, wine, dogs (Fiona), music – actually not that much considering!
Things We’re Overdosing On
Tea, tea, and more tea.
Rice, potatoes, lentils, white bread and eggs.
Carrying toilet paper and head torches around in our pockets.
We’ll be taking a break from these when we get back!
Will the tax office be waiting at the airport for me with handcuffs and have you sorted out those warm dates in July? Hi Davis and Arlie,
Love your message Sandy, I will soldier on – especially now I’m getting closer. Enjoy being a Noni Jan. Thanks for the message Glenda, it was great to hear from you. Hi to everyone else, love Marg
Hi Maureen & Karen M,
Thanks for the footy update and great to hear the Hawks have had another win! Marg spoke to Leah so I got the exact score, nothing better than beating the bombers!!! Having a great time & can’t wait to get to Basecamp. Love Denise.