Everest Base Camp Trek: Dharmavariants Sancho Party in Thukla

Friends, family & loved ones,

Another bluebird day in the Khumbu, but on the windy side. On our way out of Pheriche, we came upon some baby yaks with their mothers. We also saw several newborns — At least t one of them was only 1 day old. So special!!

Down valley view

Before and after of Lobuche peak

45 years of global warming later

We climbed slowly and steadily up to Thukla, at 15,150 feet our home for the night. This is by far the most rustic accommodation so far, but we were welcomed warmly by our host and the Team is benefiting from the relatively short travel day. Some of us have colds and so we had a sancho party, which is similar to liquid Vicks Vapor Rub dissolved in a basin of steaming water. Nothing better to clear one’s sinus passages!

In the afternoon, some of us took a hike to see a cool glacial lake at the foot of Cholatse. Vern took the opportunity to give us a primer on glaciology.

We’re now having tea and chocolate chip cookies in the dining room, waiting for the pot bellied stove (fueled by dried yak dung) to heat up.

Winter’s supply of yak dung

Tomorrow we’re headed up the hill to Lobuche.

Thanks for following!

Carole & Vern Tejas


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