This morning was clear with very little wind. We headed off after breakfast around 8:30 AM. Walking slowly we reached Gorak Shep (17,008 ft.) at10:30 AM. We had hot d rinks and Terri and I split a sandwich. It was still clear and little wind when new left Gorak Shep on our way to EBC. We were fortunate to have very little traffic on this section of the trail. On previous trips there was always heavy trekker, climber and yak traffic on this trail. As a side note the yak I refer to is probably a crossbreed called a zopkyo. A true yak is a long haired bull. The female counterpart is a nak. When a yak or nak is crossed with a Nepalese cow or bull you get an infertile zopkyo (male) or dzum (female).
Terri our guide Pasang and I arrived at EBC at 2:30 PM. We got the typical greeting of hot drinks and a Katha (ceremonial scarf). It was great to see some of our Sherpa friends – Kame, Pemba and Nigma (climbing Sherpa’s on previous trips). The head cook Pasang had been a cook for me on trips to Tibet and Ama Dablam.
By dinner time we were settled into our tent that also had our own storage tent next door. I had asked to have a tent that was away from the dinning and cook tents. Our location certainly fit the bill and had a great view of the Khumbu Icefall. Terri was feeling much better and able to eat and drink. Now it was my turn with the travelers special. I was not able to eat and the rest goes without further explanation. This probably started with the Lobuche East climb and had gone slowly downhill from there.