After the long day we got through yesterday, we were feeling very excited about our rest day today. The purpose of this day is not the gain any altitude overall, but instead, we climb a little higher and then come back down again to help our bodies adjust to the increasing altitude. We are due to climb 400 mtrs today and then come back to Namche.
We, stupidly, think today will be a breeze, a walk in the park, so to speak. When we remember this now, we laugh, oh how we laugh. TODAY IS NOT EASY! The climb is steep, short, but steep. But I will tell you something, it is totally worth it, because today you get to see the beast that is Everest, for the very first time. The views on today's climb are amazing and everything you could hope for.
We climb to the Everest hotel, take some super photos and head back down to Namche where we treat ourselves to chocolate cake, cinnamon rolls, lattes and WIFI in the Namche bakery. I mean there are no words required, only pictures.
You get WIFI in just about every village, but you must pay and the connection is intermittent to say the least. It's totally worth the money though as we sent photos back to our loved ones on a massive group chat we created on Whatsapp before we left. It was lovely to hear from everyone and their thoughts and prayers really kept us going - love to the fam!!
We have a lovely shower, and dinner later on in the evening. I had some tomato soup with a cheese toastie, Deryl had chow mein, we share some chilli chips and POPCORN!!! Who knew there would be popcorn on Everest.
Later in the evening, we play cards and drink some beer with our new friends - Ozzie Brad is our main card player at this point! Go Brad!!