10.05.2012 - 10.05.2012 1 °C
After our 2 days rest acclimatizing we are off to higher elevation in Lobuche. It was really cold and snowing and snowed most of the day!
We caught up to the other Hillary Foundation Group just after we left. We motored right by them and stopped for tea in Dhugla.
We then made our way through a big rock field and at the top is Memorial Hill. Everyone that died on Everest has a memorial here. Our guide Lhakpa's father died in 1970 working for a Japanese summit team and we visited his churung.
We stayed at the Himalayan Eco Lodge and it was jam packed. The elevation here is 16,164 ft. We are feeling good still. Our estimated hiking time today was 5 hours and we made it in 3 1/2 hours! Sarah thought it was like being on the Amazing Race! That's when we started calling her Sherpa Sarah.
When we unpacked our bags in Lobuche Zach discovered that the Aunt Jemimas syrup exploded in his bag! So a big cleanup job ensued. Also Byron's big Heinz ketchup bottle is half full at this point. We were carrying the emergency ketchup supply in the 3 small jars we brought from our lunch in London with Jan & Rob (Rose's sister and brother-in-law).
It was 300 rupees per hour to charge batteries, 400 rupees for a hot shower, but it is too cold to shower as it was only 12 C in the heated common room. There was a girl playing cards with her father with her gloves on. Sarah was wearing 2 wool long sleeve shirts and a fleece hoodie under her jacket, her wool long johns and her hat!
Hoping for clear weather tomorrow. When we get to Gorak Shep, if the weather is clear we will climb Kala Patar, if not we will go to base camp.