Friends, family & loved ones,
Wow— our heli flight from Lukla to Khote this morning was nothing short of spectacular! We soared over the ridge separating Lukla from Khote and all of a sudden the Hinku valley was revealed below and we had a great view of Mera Peak (second photo below).
We settled in to our tea house here in Khote and then went for a morning hike down valley. The trail was rocky and broken up— evidence of the earthquake that happened way back in 1998. We saw a special boulder with 108 holes on each side where it is said that Guru Rinpoche left his mark hundreds of years ago. The rock is split in two but we managed to squeeze through!
This afternoon we spent some time sorting our upper mountain gear, which we plan to send ahead of us to make a smooth transition to our higher camps. Everyone is doing great and feeling even more excited now that we are in position to start our trek towards Mera Peak.
All our best,
Carole and Vern Tejas