Today we embark on our trek to Lobouche at 4900mtrs! After our well needed rest day, Deryl and I have woken up refreshed but my legs feel like jelly. I think I'm just still tired and weary but I am once again looking forward to seeing all the new sights and sounds the mountain has to offer. Once again the weather is glorious! We have had nothing but sunshine and clear skies. It's still v cold tho!
The morning's trek goes ok and we stop off at a little place for lunch halfway through the day. I had some noodle soup and we met lots of our fellow trekkers and have a chat and get each other motivated for the afternoon's climb. During this morning, the terrain changed noticeably - it's much more rocky and we begin to see little rivers flowing by - the ice off the mountains flowing down to the valley below. We must cross these little rivers a number of times and the bridges are most certainly not safe!! They are made up of metal poles strapped together or bits of wood. You kinda just have to close your eyes and go for it!! There are meadows, glaciers and farmlands.
The afternoon's trek proves to be a beast! It took us a long time to trek today and the terrain is just uphill - we tackle a few never ending hills and I struggle more than Deryl with the constant grind. But I'm still loving it! Haha, who else loves torture!! Today we are walking along the side of the giant mountains of the Himalayas and it's bloody amazing. They are all huge and imposing. Our guide Mohan points them out to us and tells us about those who have summited.
All the while, we're avoiding the yaks. As we trek, we came across many memorials and stupas dedicated to fallen sherpas and climbers - the mountains here are no joke and can take your life in a flash. This is something that we learned the hard way today......we hear someone carving a new name into the stone and our guide tells us someone must have died today. Unfortunately, he was right and we had to walk right past the body only moments later - on of the porters had died.
This is a very sad moment during our trek and a hard reminder that mountain life is very very hard for those who live here. It certainly made the rest of the trek very quiet as we all reflected on what has happened.
None the less, we must keep moving and trekking towards Lobouche and after a long, hard and emotional day, we finally make it!