The morning was very cold but much clearer than yesterday. There had been no snow in the night and there was no rain or snow today morning.
Our spirits were high and after breakfast we set off for Machermo. This trek is normally dreary but had become very scenic and interesting due to the recent snowfall. The ascent is nearly 1200 feet but it is gradual and it was a perfect trek walk today.
We passed Luza on the way and the weather had started clearing. This allowed us some lovely views of Khang Tenga, Thamserku and also Arakantse and Cholatse. Arakantse is like a giant king cobra with a fully flared hood.
We reached Machermo around lunch time and had our first sighting of another giant in this region. Cho Oyu. Machermo also hosts a clinic and a centre of the International Porter Protection Group(IPPG). This is a voluntary organization which helps establish financial and humanitarian rights for the sherpas of this region. There is a very apt catch line at this place – ' Very few of you would have been here if not for your porters'. Two young doctors from England and Ireland are currently manning the clinic and there was also a lecture making trekkers aware of the symptoms, prevention and treatment of mountain sickness. All of us also made monetary contributions to this worthy cause.
All of us are in good health and spirits. Tomorrow we set off for Gokyo.