Despite being on the homeward leg today showed that the Mera Peak trip is definitely not over.
To get from Koto to Lukla and the flight to Kathmandu we have to cross the Zatrwa La Pass over the Charpate Himal. It's a 4,600 metre pass and is covered with the same snow which gave us the storm we experienced at High Camp last Friday. It's a three day trip. On the first day out of Kote we climb up to Thuli Kharka and spend another night camping high, at 4,300 at Thuli Kharka. On the next day we cross the pass and head down to Chutanga for the last night in tents before a short walk the next day into Lukla.
|Snowy start at Kote
The weather has been the classic combination of morning sunshine and afternoon cloud. To be honest I can do without the sun, my face is badly sunburnt and my lips in particular are in a terrible mess.
|Kote with and a last glimpse of Mera Peak
|Lhakpa leading the way
In the rain and the mist the walk after lunch became a challenge.
Climbing steady we eventually arrived at a mini pass which and on a fine day would have provided some views particularly as we were now well above tree line. As it was all we could see ahead of us was a narrow snow laden path and an apparent steep drop into mist. The guides were getting nervous and started to watch every step we took. At one point we were being guided individually with instructions on where to place each foot. It took a long time and when we got to the next pass the guides were visibly relieved that we had completed this bit of the walk - perhaps the mist hidden from us the full extent of drop.
|The porters through the mist