We've had our last coffee at our favourite Himalayan Java and have started to say our farewells to the KGH staff who always look after us.
We visited good friend Uttam from near-by Moonlight Hotel yesterday afternoon and received a tour of his motel and the great progress he has achieved. Perhaps some future stays there..!!!
Looking back over this 2017 EBC trek, a few things come to mind. The most significant aspect of this trip was the weather. Putting aside our 1 day delay flying into Lukla, we have had perhaps the best weather that I have ever had on a trek...! Every day brilliant blue sky and not overly cold at night (compared to what it's been before). Looking at the forecast over the next week, there is some poor weather forecast up around Everest, so we were very fortunate to get what we got.
The group were very funny. I'm not sure I remember having so many laughs. Even on some of the big climbs, we often found ourselves doubled over in laughter (not easy when you are trying to suck in oxygen). Great group.
The groups pre-trip training really showed up on the trek. Lobouche to Gorak Shep and up Kalar Pattar in one day is a tough workout, but the team completed it strongly. Then the 3 solid days back to Lukla were completed very well. Well done team.
It was devastating to lose Simi and Shailendra. I wanted them both up on KP with us. I've never lost someone part way up and knew it would happen sooner or later. It's still not a good feeling to waive some of your team members good-bye.
The happy hour drinks down by Pokhara Lake were a highlight. With the sun setting over the lake or with a rain storm rolling in, the setting was just brilliant.
To all those who followed us on our blog and who sent us encouraging or funny messages, we all thank you. They were great to read around the lodge heaters. And thanks to Sue (Didi) for helping out with the blog and in particularly when we were out of contact.
Some of us arrive back into Melb around 8.30pm Friday, while the boys arrive into Melb from Dubai on Saturday morning. Then it's back to normal life.
2017 EBC........a good one.