Day 4 Phakding to Jorsale, Thursday May 2, 2013

2800m 2.5 hours
Hooray we all slept for at least 7 hours, however we were all up around 4 or 5am.

The morning is warm and clear and very still at this time of day. Not for long though as porters are trekking one way or another with full loads, or heading back to Lukla for a new one.

The owner of our teahouse is busy in the kitchen preparing for the day and obliges us with pots of nice hot tea. Sipping our tea we watch the world go by on the ‘Robson St of Nepal’, trekkers, joepkes, mules, school children off to school near Lukla and a horse or two. Everything in the Khumbu/Everest region passes along this route.

Finally 2 hours later we order breakfast and ready ourselves to head to Jorsale. We have a second easy day with a short distance to go – this helps with the acclimatization process as well as get us on to Nepal time.

We arrive at the Everest Teahouse (there seems to be one in every village) and have another great meal. This one is owned by the same family as yesterday’s teahouse and are known for great food. Bikesh likes to make sure we eat well!

Today’s teahouse is more what you expect, basic plywood walls, share toilet whereas last night we had our own toilets and the dining room was a work of art – the woodwork was fabulous! Bikesh said it was built last year to the tune of $800,000US (including the land)!! Yikes.

Following lunch, Bikesh took the guys for what Charles called a ‘double Grouse Grind’ hike while I enjoyed reading a good book.

At 6PM we reconvened downstairs in the large but cozy kitchen with the staff and porters. None of us were too hungry and both Spencer and I opted for Tibetan bread – a pastry similar to a doughnut, about 6 inches across and deep fried. This is generally on the breakfast menu so we got a giggle out of Bikesh ordering it for dinner. It was delicious and hit the spot.

The small TV in the room, manned by Bikesh, was playing either WWE fights or Bollywood style movies so I opted to go back to reading. I love all this down time!
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