A quick blog from Pangbouche

Apologies for the length of time it has taken to get another blog out.

There have been some power cuts which effects the internet. Yesterday I left Namche heading for Pangbouche an elevation gain of around 500 meters. Half way between Namche and Pangbouche is a village called Tengbouche which is home to a very famous monastery. Worth taking a look at on Google. Its been over a year since i was last here and I had forgotten how the walk up the Tengbouche hill just keeps going. I was very pleased to reach the top. There is a fantastic bakery at Tengbouche so i stopped off for a large slice of chocolate cake. This was the perfect fuel to see off the next hour's walk to Pangbouche.

No matter how many times I've visited the Khumbu the porters who carry all the equipment up and down the trail still absolutely amaze me. Quite often the porters are paid per kilogram for the amount they carry so its not unusual to see them carry upwards of 100 kilos on their back. Can you imagine that? Just incredible! Yesterday I was chatting to a 16 year old local boy who is hoping to become a Sherpa when he is older. He was telling me how he ran the Everest Marathon in a time of 4 hours 45 mins. For anyone that knows anything about marathons and the effect of altitude will know that is absolutely incredible! i think he is on the right track to become a Sherpa.

I"ll be heading up to Ama Dablam base camp tomorrow and will soon be in a position to make the climb hopefully.

Out for now,

Captain Ketch

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