What a couple of days this has been! Our hearts go out to all of Nepal, the climbers and Sherpa's in Everest base camp, and the many villages we have been staying in; some of which have been completely destroyed. I know this has been commented on in a previous blog, but after yesterdays "aftershock" which was reported as a 6.9 quake, we were all a bit on edge. I have to tell you all of our group of Sherpa's and Peak Promotion is amazing! They take great care of us. We had a very memorable evening sleeping as a team with our Sherpa's and at least 7 villagers in a small "sunroom" because it was not safe to stay indoors anywhere in Pheriche because the town has been completely demolished. Again, this was facilitated by our Sherpa's for safety. I cannot say enough about the care they give us.
We hope for a speedy recovery for all of Nepal.
Today we woke up in the "sunroom" about 5am and it was a very funny sight to see all 22-25 of us huddled in this small room in the middle of the field behind one of the tea houses. Great thing is we were safe! We were treated to tea once again while we packed and breakfast before we headed out on the long hike to Namche Bazaar. We passed through many villages along the way that have been absolutely destroyed. About a mile before Tengboche we walked over to the Nunnery which I had visited in 2010 when I last did this hike. It was completely destroyed and made us all very sad. This is a common thread in the Khumbu right now. It is very sad to say the least.
We made it to Namche Bazaar and were welcomed into the Khumbu Lodge thanks to Peak Promotion and the hospitality of the owner. Most of the village is closed up and the town is sleeping in tents outside in safe zones. We were all just sitting down to have a bite to eat commenting that it was nice not having the ground shake today when the lodge started to shake and we all ran for safety. It was a small aftershock and we returned to dinner.
We are all well fed and heading to bed, I didn't say sleep, just bed. Sleep is a bit difficult to say the least! We have been "sleeping" with our clothes and boots on and an evacuation plan in mind.
We will head down further tomorrow but things remain fluid here and we will see what lies ahead. Safety is number one and we are in good hands with our Sherpa's and Peak Promotion.