I came prepared that today was going to be one of the most difficult days. A steep 3hr climb all afternoon. Having not eating much and still feeling weak I kept saying to myself just get to Namche, where we would be staying for 2nights. Yes it was tough. Bhakshe our guide offered to take my camera and got his assistant guide to take my pack about 3/4 of the way up. John another intrepid group member gave me an energy gel and it all got me to the top. In fact I was second in the group, the 79yr old Italian man on our trip is putting us all to shame!