Today was a 7.30am start after breakfast and it was a lighter days trek lasting only 3hrs to get to Phakading where I had started the trail. I could have gone all the way to Lukla but since we were already due to arrived there two days early my guide advised that we make this stop instead. Personally I would have done the whole way back in a couple of days if i could but it did give me more of an opportunity to make the most of the views and I also briefly saw Everest again as some clouds parted.
Although it was a lighter days trekking, my shoulder was still giving me a few problems and I was glad that this was the last serious day of trekking as the aches and pains were beginning to get worse and the motivation was starting to diminish. It was a case of take a couple of ibuprofen and get on with it, I mean the end was near now and at least I was only feeling these issues at the end of the trek instead of earlier.
It was not long until we arrived at Phakading where we were staying in the same teahouse as before, as we arrived quite early there was a lot of free time to kill. I caught up with writing my trek journal (which is the content for this blog) and read some of my book. The teahouse was pretty quiet as the majority of my accommodations had been and soon it was dinner time. I went for some vegetable mo mo which had become my new favourite food and it tasted amazing. The one thing I will say about the teahouses is that the food all the way on my trek had been outstanding. I had to become a vegetarian for the trek as its unsafe to eat meat (meat is transported from Lukla on the back of a cow or porter where there is no refrigeration and it can take a few days to reach its destination). It might be that i was luck with my accommodations which were chosen from by Thamel Travel but i never once had any food related issues. Also all my rooms had been clean and pretty good standard.