Soon after breakfast yesterday, the team left Dingboche and made our way to Dukla. It was a beautifully clear day and the surrounding mountains were covered with snow. We stopped for tea in Dukla and then climbed up the steep hill out of Dukla and made our way to Lobuche. We arrived in time for a late lunch. The team did extremely well despite a few headaches and some nausea. An early night was had by all.

This morning we left for Lobuche (4900 metres) and trekked into Gorak Shep (5180 metres). It took us a mere 2¾ hours but the walk kicked a few butts. We planned to climb Kala Pattar, but a few of us felt extremely tired and then the clouds rolled in so we have decided to get up early tomorrow morning and climb it together as a team. After lunch, everyone caught up on their communications, reading and rest. The altitude is certainly starting to affect all of us, but we have bonded extremely well as a team and spirits are high.