An early start saw the group congregating in the courtyard and discussing the pros and cons of a frozen western toilet vs a hole in the ground. We were accompanied on the steady climb by the canine resident of Tengboche Gueesthouse ever expectant of snacks on route. As we climbed we were rewarded with spectacular views along the valley and numerous sightings of mountain birds.The terrain has now become more barren with little more than juniper bushes surviving and magnificent snowy peaks looming all around us. Icicles hang from the banks beside the river and at times the ground underfoot was frozen over.
We arrived in Pangboche in time for an excellent lunch of yak Cheese toasties and potatoes and settled down in front of the flat screen TV for the afternoon! A chance to recharge the muscles for tomorrow’s climb, affectionately nicknamed ‘the little bugger’.
Best wishes to all back home from Will, Tom and the Drek Trekkers!