We woke up to our first serious snow of the trip so far with about a foot falling during the night. Although thankfully it got warm enough during the day to melt most of the snow. It gets quite cold at night and I have to make sure to cherish our last day sleeping in a lodge before 6 nights in tents in colder nights. We’ve gotten reports from Everest Base Camp that Nalgene bottles have been freezing overnight which according to the guides means the temperature is dropping to around 0 Fahrenheit.
Because of the snow all of the short and more adventurous day hikes were cancelled for the day. This meant I was spending my whole day in the dining area (where we have a stove for warmth) reading on my iPad and writing. I’m extremely excited for future times when batteries last much longer or are unnecessary since we were without charging power for much of the day due to cloud cover blocking the solar panels. The topic of technology on this trip and outdoor trips in general is a topic that could fill many books.
Although we lost the day hikes, we did have some entertainment for the day when some volunteer doctors came to give us a talk about the dangers of altitude, the warning signs, and what to do about it (you just have to go down for pretty much everything). I was surprised by the stat that 7 out of 10 people will have some syptoms of mild acute mountain sickness by the time we reach Everest Base Camp. I had a headache last night that thankfully went away fairly quickly. I haven’t used my Diamox yet (altitude medication) and on the advice of our team doctor am holding off until I start to show more serious symptoms.
One of my favorite parts of the trip has been meeting and learning about people from so many different backgrounds. We have people from Germany, UK, Latvia, China, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, to name a few. Combine that with our Nepalese Sherpas and the lodge owners and you have an incredibly rich mixture of languages. I was also surprised by the games people chose to play during our rest day. There was a mix of card games like Hearts and Bridge, to Angry Birds, to this bizarre game that resembled jacks that would cause this group of older Australian ladies to yell and scream in excitement.
Tomorrow we head to Loboche Base Camp, which is about a 5 hour trek as we take our penultimate step towards Everest Base Camp.