Trekking – day 174

Start: Junbesi @ 07:00 (2,680m)

End: Nunthala @ 17:00 (2,220m)

Distance: 20.8km

An early start again, having an immediate ascent through a pine forest with the sun shining. It smelled like an overpowering car air freshener!!      It levelled out and then ascended steeply for a while before we came across our first glimpse of Everest – not a dry eye in sight!  Stopped at the view point for a bit, buying some nak cheese & crackers and had a snack looking at the view.    Continued our walk – descending to a valley and suspension bridge. Another brutal ascent before a quick lunch stop (& to rub some feet) before continuing the gruelling ascent to the pass. Stopped at the top to catch our breath before beginning the slippery, almost vertical descent down to Nunthala. We clearly had come at the wrong time as our scramble down muddy wet rocks was made harder by dodging a never ending line of donkeys! A cold shower, followed by dinner, before we headed to bed for another early night.

Tuesday 29th March 2016