So i woke up this morning at Gorak Shep - from where you can see Everest Base Camp and spectacular views of the Khumbu Glacier - and just didn't feel quite right.
My heart and head really wanted me to take the hike up to 5,600 meters to see the view from Kala Pattar - it is widely famed as a highlight of the Himalayan experience - but my instincts told me I simply wasn't fit enough to do that without likely paying a price health-wise.
As I was debating what to do the light was just striking Lhotse, one of the world's 14 8,000+ meter giants so I hiked up to the ridge above my inn to see how it felt and to look at the sunrise. What a spectactular view! Lhotse has a few different kinds of stone, and one part of it is very light with veins of darker colour, covered with a sheen of ice. Unbelievable! I would show you photos, but when I went to turn on the camera, the battery was flat! It is OK though, I have a lot of other footage from the hike down today, I'll post it soon.
Just that little hike up took a lot out of me, which told me the answer: it was time to drop some altitude.
So, that's what we did - all the way down to 4,100 meters in Pheriche. It is pretty funny, the idea that this is a great drop in altitude when it is still higher than all but a handful of places in all of Europe, yet I am looking out the window from the absolute bottom of a valley, surrounded by Himalayan giants.
My porter, Bikram Rai, the ever-cheerful, has picked up a cold himself now too (a pretty heavy dry cough) - I will take him to the medical clinic here in Pheriche in the morning if he sounds worse. Despite being ill and carrying a big load on his back, he still cracks jokes, laughs, and smiles at the drop of a hat!
That's enough for now from me, I'm exhausted and going to bed soon. I hope everyone is having a great Sunday wherever in the world you are.