Return to Kathmandu

It’s good to be “only” at 5450m after so much time spent higher. But at the breakfast this morning we could see the fatigue on each ones face. We’re exhausted and we’ve lost so much weight that we look scary… but we’re happy anyway. No surprise that we’re tired, just looking at the last couple of days, we climbed 18 hours on the 18-19th, skipping a night and then I went down from C4 to BC yesterday, 2150m of descent in 5:15 hours.

Some porters were here this morning as planned and took some loads down to Tseram. Tomorrow we will leave base camp with the rest of the porters and all our stuff ‚Äď after more than a month spent here. I longer to see some “green” and smell the nature again and not live only surrounded by rock and ice.

That means we have a short rest today before the long walk to Tseram, 7-8 hours minimum.

Then we will go straight to Yampuding (23rd), then to Doban (24th) and Tharpu where a bus will take us directly to Ilam (25th), in a real hotel with four walls, a solid roof and even a shower! :-)

If everything goes well, we should be in Kathmandu on the 26th.

Below a mix of different photos (Thanks Expes.com for sharing!)

Leaving camp 3, 7100m. © Ludovic Challeat

Leaving camp 3, 7100m. © Ludovic Challeat

Camp 4, 7550m and the summit couloir. © Ludovic Challeat

Camp 4, 7550m and the summit couloir. © Ludovic Challeat

Morning at camp 4: Makalu, Lhotse, Everest. © Ludovic Challeat

Morning at camp 4: Makalu, Lhotse, Everest. © Ludovic Challeat

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