There was a light snowfall overnight, but it was mostly clear this morning with very little wind. For Pheriche light wind is fairly unusual, even in the morning. I was up at 6 AM and down for tea in the lodge dining room by 6:30 AM. Chet came down shortly after I did and we were through with breakfast by 7 AM. After last minute checks of email we were ready to leave at 7:30 AM.
Our pace today was slow, but steady set by Chet. The light snow melted quickly as the sun hit the broad valley above Pheriche. The result was that a stretch of trail that is often a bit muddy was even more so. By the time we reached the first climb at the head of the valley the trail had dried out quite a bit. We arrived at Lobuche shortly after lunch time. Fortunately we were able to order lunch and had plenty to eat. I am feeling pretty good even though I am still on an antibiotic (Septra) and my appetite is good.
When we first got seated in our lodge for the night we noticed a nak out in front of the lodge that had just delivered a calf. The lodge owner said the nak delivered about ½ hour before we arrived.
Tomorrow morning Chet and I will hike on up to EBC. After a few days Chet will come back to Lobuche to climb the trekking peak Lobuche East. I will remain at EBC waiting for a weather window to climb Lhotse.