Early at six the next morning, I get up to take some photos of the town and Ama Dablam, one of the most majestic mountains in the Everest region. Soon after I go back to pack and have breakfast.
I see David Breashears again at breakfast and he asks if I can help take some photos of him giving a talk at the Edmund Hillary junior school. I'd love to of course, but we soon find out Saturday is a holiday and have no choice but to hit the trail again for our next stop, Tengboche.
A deep valley has to be crossed and we 'lose' 700m before having to climb up the other side. Mark, who had knee surgery in December, is still trying to catch up in his training, so decides to carry some weight today, both testing his knee and strengthening himself for the weeks ahead. His nickname for the day is Mark Sherpa!
Only 30 minutes after arriving at Tengboche (3850m), we take another hike to 4190m, and get to small stupa in the middle of a snow flurry. Mark also falls in a 'crevasse' on the edge of the trail. It might be snowing but there's no ice in sight! We're all making progress in the acclimatisation process. We need to be in good shape now, as we're heading into the high country tomorrow!
Before dinner, we also make a visit to the monastery, and on the way out we see the goddess of Everest, someone we all need to keep happy!