Another pretty early start today at 6.30 and it was a little cloudy and cold to start off the trek, the morning was made a little more interesting when a rescue helicopter came flying by then circled around a landed a few hundred meters from my teahouse. These are the only mode of transport for any trekkers who develop complications while on the trekking path and they are also part of the reason that travel insurance is so high for this trek.
Today was a trek down to namche and the promise of a hot shower which I have to say i could really do with. I had slept ok the previous night but the brutally uncomfortable bed and possible the extra long day of trekking had left me with some mild back pain. I also have to say the teahouse accommodation was getting a bit old now, each day i was putting on the same trekking pants and as the teahouses were cold they always felt damp when you were putting them on. The combination of back pain, cold and dirty cloths and not having washed in forever was dampening my mood. My spirits were lifted somewhat when we started the trek, the sun came out and the views were fantastic, we were in a valley and looking down you could see the river and a scattering of local houses. It was also mostly downhill at least to begin with, then suddenly there were uphill bits which i was unprepared for. The thing about the everest trek is that a large part of it is very up and down and although you accept this on the way to ECB you tend to forget about it on the way down. Also there were loads of steps which I was hoping I had seen the last and this made for a tougher day than I expected.
I arrived at Namche at the same tea house I had stayed in previously at around 1pm and the one good thing is that I could enjoy a hot shower again. This was the first time I had washed since I left Namche, it felt pretty good and I also managed to find one clean t-shirt in my bag (the last clean bit of clothing I had!) to put on afterwards which meant I almost felt clean.