November 10, 2018
Trekking Day: 18 of 22
Start/End: Lukla (Elev: 9,315')
Accommodation: K2 Lodge
There was singing, dancing, partying in the street all day yesterday in Lukla and continuing late into the night. I woke up after midnight, and the music was still blasting. It must be a festival or holiday of some kind, but I couldn't tell you which. It was quietter this morning. All of a sudden, there isn't much to do here besides look around in different shops. Found some gear that I like, but I'm going to resist the urge until I get back to Thamel. Gear was way cheaper there than I've found it to be up high.
An actual zero. I almost didn't even know what to do with myself. I finished my book yesterday, so thank God for WiFi. Still, my mind kept coming back to Sunder Peak. Easy to imagine climbing 5,000 vertical feet now that I feel like myself again, so I have to actively remember that I wasn't so strong in Thame. Been a difficult - and awesome - couple weeks. Still looking forward to walking the classic Hillary Approach all the way out to Jiri. From there, I'll get the local bus experience to Kathmandu. I'm told it's going to be exceedingly long and uncomfortable, but it's safe enough. And it's all part of the Everest experience.
Besides pick up and write some postcards that I couldn't send - no post office in Lukla, apparently - I didn't do much of anything today, and I was psyched about it. Hung out at a local cafe where I had a sub-par chai latte and a sub-par danish. Annoying, but that's what I get for deviating from the local food.
It's been raining off and on all day long. Flights were cancelled yesterday due to weather, but I think they managed to get some of them in the air this morning. It's been a nice lazy day, but I'm stoked to hit the trail again tomorrow despite the continued iffy weather outlook.