Whilst teams are building on the Western Cwn and on the South Col (~35 climbers have delayed summit bids due to strong winds and are waiting out another day for an attempt tonight, hopefully with plenty of oxygen!), we are glad to be back in Lukla and away from those crowds. We took the more exciting option of a helicopter to cut the journey from base camp to Lukla.
Tonight we’re in Lukla and weather being good, we’ll be back in crazy Kathmandu tomorrow. We bid farewell to our Sherpa guides and support team to pack up base camp and camp 2.
They still have a significant job to take stock, clean, pack, store gear, and move garbage before considering their journey home back to loved ones. We’re looking forward to celebrating once we’re safely back in Kathmandu!