Trekking – day 186

Start: Lobuche @ 6.10 (4,910m)

End: Gorak Shep @ 8.36 (5,140m)

Distance: 5.5km

I seemed to be the more energetic of the two, although neither of us slept particularly well so it was actually welcome when the alarm went off at 05.00 and we could stop pretending. The altitude, the apprehension, the final stage of an epic journey was upon us and it was going to be mega. Bill paid, hot lemon and porridge fuelling the morning hike, the sun shining through a cloud just over the ridge of Nupste and it was cold, bitterly cold.   We were, however, storming it, catching up with Yak teams, sherpas and overtaking the tour group that plagued us at Dingboche and Dughla. The final stage is a scramble up and over a hill, boulder field, glacier debris and a slalom of Yaks and loose rocks.   It is always magic to come over a ridge and suddenly the next stop (village) is in sight. Checked in and, after having a second breakfast, we were psyched and ready for the final leg and the emotions were already starting to simmer…

Sunday 10th April 2016 

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