After the rest day it was back on the trekking path, todays trek took around 4.5hrs and at least half of that was straight up which made for a quite tough day and I was breathing a little heavier today. The sun was out in force today and it was quite warm but with a lack of shade it does take more energy out of you. A lot of the trek is fully exposed which means you need to apply plenty of sun cream, more than i had anticipated which is why i had to buy an overpriced bottle of sunscreen in Namche. There was still no sighting of Everest today as the clouds remained around 8,000m keeping the peak hidden from sight. Although there were occasions when brief breaks in the cloud would reveal some of the “smaller” 8,000m peaks which were in the area. It is a weird sight as one second there is nothing and suddenly out of nowhere this giant mountain appears, you really do have to take the Batman approach and mind your surroundings.
The one thing i would say about today was that although it was only my 3rd day trekking it felt like i had been walking for longer, perhaps it was the lack of connection to the outside world with no phone or internet or that I am not used to walking for such long distances on consecutive days. The trekking path was long and winding but at the end of it was a monastery at Tengboche, which if you arrive at the right time you can go inside and view the monks praying. I just missed this so I only got to see the outside of the building but it was still pretty impressive and pretty random as its perched almost 13,000ft above sea level with panoramic mountain views.
Not far from the monastery was my tearoom accommodation whereI dropped of my gear and changed from trekking cloths to my relaxing cloths. It was actually pretty cold in the tearoom, so I put on some warmer layer including my merino long johns, long sleeve top, socks and a heavy fleece and even after that I was still pretty cold. I have to admit a radiator or portable heater would have gone down a treat but alas there are no such comforts on the mountain trek. The closest thing to heat in the tearooms is a large furnace which is in the middle of the lounge, it is fuelled by yak waste (poo) and throws off quite a bit of heat but only when you are very close. The other problem is that most teahouses only actually put it on when there are enough people in the lounge to make it worthwhile. It took a while but eventually enough people arrived and it went on and if you get close it does keep you warm although a little too warm for me!
As for the AMS watch I was feeling a little dehydrated today so I took a couple of hydration tablets in water and a couple of paracetamol and then felt fine afterwards.