This morning was actually partly sunny with no precipitation. Terri was able to eat some breakfast and felt pretty good. We decided to move on up to Pheriche today – a gain of 1,444 ft. Not a lot of elevation gain overall, but lots of up and down and nearly 7 miles in length. It took about 6 hours to reach Pheriche.
As we started the hike the sun actually made a good showing and as the day went on it was the best weather of our trek. The wind came up after noon and about an hour before Pheriche snow began to fall.
The trail out of Phortse ran along the North side of the Imja Khole River valley. On my two previous treks to EBC I followed the main trail on the South side of the river. This trail avoided much of the trekker and yak traffic found on the main trail. Both Terri and I felt that this trail was much more picturesque. It ran along very steep hillside with many steps up and down around rock buttresses. Because of the lack of trees and vegetation the views were great. We saw many deer, pheasant and eagles.
Before lunch we stopped in upper Pangboche and visited Lama Geishe and got his blessing for our trek and climb. It was fun to see my picture on his wall from my Everest climb in 2008 along with hundreds of other pictures. I had stopped to see him in 2010 and gave him a picture of me holding his prayer card on the summit. Maybe his blessing time will help me have a successful and safe climb on Lhotse.
We moved on to Shomare where we had lunch. We have now joined the main trail when it crossed over to the North side of the river. Terri was doing well and was able to eat a reasonable lunch. After lunch the trail continued to slowly climb. There is a bit of a steeper climb just before Pheriche. Than we dropped down to cross a small bridge and then walk on into Pheriche at 3 PM
We had the standard hot drinks and when our porters arrived we moved into our room. We were now back up to 13,911 ft. and Terri was feeling good.