We are back to ABC!!!

Hello Everyone,

We are now back at ABC, and it feels great to be here. Today we woke up from a great night’s sleep, had breakfast, and then we packed up and headed down to base camp. It was a great last hike off of the mountain that took about 3 1/2 hours. When we arrived we had another great Pizza lunch from Gopal and then we took showers and started drying some of our gear.

Tomorrow we will be organizing loads for the yaks and getting ready to pack up camp and head back to Kathmandu. Our descent will go quick. We will head down with the yaks on the 29th to intermediate camp, hop in our gear truck and drive to Chinese base camp to the van and then all the way to the border town of Zhangmu for the night. The following morning, the 30th (Mike’s birthday), we will cross the border and then arrive to the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu in the afternoon.

On the next posts I will send a few photos. Thanks for following along!

It’s been an excellent expedition! We wanted Don, Jeff, Nancy, and Jana to know we were thinking about them the last few days wishing they were with us.

Also I wanted to express our gratitude to our staff on this
expedition. Gopal for the amazing food for the last few weeks. Tashi for always bringing the food hot, and making sure our dishes were always clean. And of course our Sherpa’s: Mingma, Fur Koncha, Tserring, and Kami for their tireless work in carrying heavy loads of gear, food, and fuel up the mountain to make this early summit possible!

I’ll continue to post for the next couple of days as we make our way back to Kathmandu.

Ben

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