Today was a long day - we hiked up to Khare (16,100 feet) in the morning, taking just under three hours for the 2,300 feet of gain.
Our lodge here is by far the most luxurious - the dining room has placemats, a real bar, a bakery and an espresso machine! It is all very civilized....
The most amazing thing, though, are the views from the room - the summit of Mera Peak is front and centre, giving us plenty of motivation.
The afternoon was spent climbing higher; we made it to 17.100 feet before descending back to Khare. We are starting to feel the effects of the altitude, but everyone feels good and still has their appetites.
Happy hour was spent playing cards and watching Nepali martial arts movies with the local sherpas. Unfortunately, the manager of the restaurant didn’t like Nepali wrestling, or we would have seen some lucha libre, Nepali style.
Tomorrow is a rest day and skills day, where we will get to know the equipment we will be using on the glacier starting Saturday.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
- Mark Twain