”1530 – Still no sign, so I’ll continue.
In Pemba’s able hands we made it 900m down to Periche by about 1730. 25 km we had walked, he tells us. My face had already started to feel better, just some odd nasal tingling, not much else. I guess it really was the altitude and not just the Diamox. GP lady was also starting to look better. We had cheese pizza and ‘finger chips’ for dinner – it hit the spot, as did the tabasco sauce. After a brief spell chatting to three Indian female climbers who were taking 65 days to climb Everest, I hit the hay. A standard night of hacking all night and a late start later, we had veg omelette for breakfast and milk tea. GP lady and I then wanted to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association – for ‘Professional’ reasons (for some seriously bizarre reason Pemba found this word hilarious, wish I could say it to you than just put it in inverted commas) but also to try and suss out the best way to get a decent sats probe for Chitra.
It was cool to have used our time in Periche to get a little medical insight. Everything they have is given for free, donated I guess the word is. They have an examination room (with ECG. They were very excited by this latest donation from some Aussies), a medicine cabinet/room and a really cute 2 bedded in-patient unit. It was really nice of the doctor, Hilary (Boston, USA) to take the time to show us around and give us some advice on sats machines. I learnt that to volunteer at the Himalayan Rescue Association there is a waiting list of more than 3 months, such is its demand.
We then descended to Orso with the three of us, Pemba, GP lady and myself in great spirits.
Before I forget, I think I am in the company of a famous man, Rodrigo from Brazil. He has a book in Portuguese which sold over 7,000 copies and he has summited Everest 2x previously. This is his 4th expedition.
Anyway, to continue. We had great fun making our way from Periche to Orso. Singing, listening to songs on Pemba’s phone, taking pictures at suitable picturesque points. I was made to jump and do cartwheels.
One minute, our group might be here!!”