Day 8

Today we got up at 5.30am to walk to Gorekshepp and throught to EBC. But as of last night the path was closed by snow, Kalapatar also wasn't a guarantee. The 4hr walk up hill to Gorekshepp, I was mentally struggling with all night. As the chances of not getting through were high I decided to head down on my own, with Sancha one of our guides. I just thought no point struggling to get somewhere when you might not even get there. And for the whole trip all I've down is watch the ground in front of my feet. Occasionally looking up and if not too exhausted getting the camera out. So today while heading down I took heaps of photos and really enjoyed just being here. After all that's what it is about.
On another note we have been watching helicopters go up the valley the while time. Some days more than others. The last few days there have been a few, mostly rescuing people who don't want to walk down in this snow. I ran into two Indonesian women who had their two travel companions fly down from Dingboche because they couldn't do it. The weather has been harsh to us. Other groups I saw days ago are only today heading up. One because the got snowed in and couldn't and also a few have waited it out. It would have been nice to have the time to do that. I also heard today two climbers and their guide died yesterday climbing a mountain not far from here.
After another day in the snow and full sun, I'm severely sun burnt. I took all precautions but still I look like a panda and one of my cheeks in particular is radiating heat. No wonder I haven't been cold the last few days.

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