Day five brought another day of difficult trekking to Khote 3585m ASL. At camp, it was the last opportunity for the group to shower with hot water before trekking for another 6 days to the summit. After dinner, Sherpa Lakpa presented Cyril with a birthday cake to celebrate his 42nd birthday. Quite an epic way to celebrate.
Day six was a gentle ascent through an enchanted moss covered forest along the Mera Khola and the group reached Tangnag at the base of Mount Mera 4300m ASL after 8 hours. Here the symptoms of altitude sickness began to emerge. All brothers started to suffer from headaches which was somewhat alleviated by chewing raw garlic given by Lakpa, but with temperatures in the room dropping to 2 degrees it was not a restful night. The following morning on day seven, they awoke to the sounds of a medevac helicopter taking a European climber back to Lukla. Trying to brush aside thoughts that hopefully the next helicopter won’t be to pick one of them up, the group was led by Lakpa to practise rope climbing and abseiling techniques they would need to successfully summit.
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