It's been a trip of ups and downs. It was so good to see the Himalaya with a beautiful layer of heavy snow all over. The scenery (when not in cloud) was truly superb. But it made for tough trekking, and it was devestating for the group not to stand on top of KP. The salt was rubbed into our still stinging wound days later when we learnt back in Kathmandu that Kalar Pattar had in fact been climbed later that very same day that we turned back...!!! Details of how and what route were taken (or even what risks were taken!!) were not confirmed, but it still stung us nonetheless.
The group trekked strongly. To complete a 3 day return back to Lukla in deep snow was testament to this. And we had several evenings laughing aloud in some of the local bars, lodges and restaurants on the trek and around Kathmandu.
As always, it's been fantastic having all of you follow us with encouragement and some welcome humour. I've loved reading your blog responses to the group most nights. It makes the challenge of updating a trip blog when there is often little or no wifi worth it. A legitimate thanks to all of you.