13.05.2012 - 13.05.2012 -1 °C
When we got up it was -1.5 C in our room, but outside was sunny and would be warm for hiking. On our way to Pheriche we came to Memorial Hill and again stopped at Lhakpa's father's churung. We got a few more details about his father's death. There were 5 Sherpas killed that day when they stopped for a break and the snow beneath them collapsed. The Japanese team built the five churungs all in a row on Memorial Hill. We had brought a twonie to leave at base camp but forgot to do that when we were up there, so we decided to leave it on Lhakpa's father's marker. I think this turned out for better.
Lhakpa said in 1970 his dad would earn 1 or 2 rupees a day! There is an association that paid 30,000 rupees as a death benefit, but his dad's mother claimed half and his wife got the other half. Lhakpa also said to collect the money, his mother would have to show up in Kathmandu with him in person to be able to receive the money. Lhakpa was 2 years old when his father died and despite this tragedy has done very well for himself and his family.
We had an early lunch in Pheriche and both Sarah & Lhakpa were not feeling well after! We then took the scenic route to Upper Pangboche to visit the primary school and the oldest monastery in the Khumbu valley, 500 years old. We took a short cut to lower Pangboche that we thought they didn't want us to use when we had to climb over a wall near the bottom. We arrived quite early at the lodge and both had a HOT shower. The pressure was not that great with water only coming from 5 of the 40 holes in the shower head.
We met two groups in the lodge that afternoon. One was the Walking with the Wounded from the UK, who aborted their summit attempt. The climbers of that group were all wounded in military service.
The other was a multi national group who had summitted Island Peak 20,305 ft. One member of this group was Lydia Bradey, from New Zealand, who was the first woman to summit Everest without oxygen! Lydia was the only other kool person we saw, she was wearing a fedora like me! Another member of the group knew where Lethbridge Alberta was as he had been there recently with his work.