A great day hiking to Phurtse.

What a beautiful hiking day today! We slept in a bit this morning and woke up to a dusting of snow. We had breakfast at 8:30, with great views out all of the windows. We left the lodge at 9:15 or so and had a great day of hiking. The morning was a gradual descent down valley, ending at upper Pheriche for lunch. After noodle soup, chapatis and chips, we continued on the trail to Phurtse. The trail to Phurtse was stunning. It climbed and descended, climbed and descended, all the while looming high above the river on the hillside. We arrived in Phurtse in high spirits at 3:00 pm and enjoyed tea and snacks. Folks played cards, read and enjoyed the tea house setting until dinner. We are all gathered around the fire right now, swapping stories, reading and enjoying a warm room before bed. We are headed to Namche tomorrow and will write again from there.

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