Because I was still feeling ill, I was extremely thankful for the rest day in Khumjung. For those (like my Dad) who were feeling good, the guides led a very short trek up to the Everest View Hotel. Although unfortunately due to some extensive cloud cover, the hotel didn’t quite live up to its name. These clouds would prove ominous as we would have a short period of hail and snow for a good chunk of the day. There isn’t any heat in the lodge so we spent the day either in the dining area with a wood stove to heat the area or in our sleeping bags in our rooms.
One very nice aspect of this lodge we are in is the american plugs in each of the rooms. A sign on the back of our door asks for $1.25 to charge each battery. In our lodge in Namche Bazar there was a cost of $2.50 to charge each battery and had to turn over our devices to the lodge owners for them to plug in a back room.
The town we are staying in is the hometown of Phurba Tashi, the head Sherpa for the Everest expedition who has summited Everest a total of 19 times before this season. One of our guides was explaining that this town is getting a better and better reputation for climbing Sherpas and a number of the Sherpas for our trip are from this town of 1800 people.
Our guide also explained that those in the Khumbu Valley (this entire area we are trekking through) are very wealthy relative to the rest of Nepal. The average wage of Nepalese across the country is $150 per year whereas a climbing Sherpa can make $3000 + tips each season with two seasons a year. And separate from climbing Sherpas other Sherpas can make $15-$50 a day ferrying equipment for locals or foreigners.
Tomorrow we have a relatively short day as we head to Phortse before our longest day of trekking the following day.