We woke up to a very crispy morning, coldness had become a way of life for us. But as soon as we met our fantastic guides at breakfast, life felt warmer. We started hiking the Lobuche valley and few yaks gave us an idea what this place might look like in the summertime when it's filled with yaks and their herders. Having a strong tailwind with us, we climbed quickly to the village of Thukla where we had some lunch. Our original plan suggested to stay here for the night but as it was not even midday and our confidences were boosted by the previous days 5000m hike, we decided to push further to Lobuche, a decision that had some consequences.
The hike itself was pleasant, mainly uphill but very doable. We saw a lot of other trekkers, yaks and our three porters who literally flew past us in the sound of Nepalese music, so impressive guys! Highlight for the hike was passing a memorial site for people who've lost their lives trying to climb the highest mountain in the world, very moving moment for all of us and must be an emotional pilgrimage for their love ones. We reached Lobuche in the afternoon and settled down, all seemed fine at this stage and the team was anxious for tomorrow and the possibility to reach Everest Base Camp. But by dinnertime it was obvious that this is not just a walk in the park but the high altitude was testing a team member with a heavy hand. It became clear that it's always the nature that sets the rules, we people just need to play by its rules. Luckily we are in very good hands and our guides make sure that we make through it, so it's with positive thoughts we lay our heads on the pillows waiting for day of the days to arrive – excited!