I received a Sat-phone call from Allan this afternoon and it was so wonderful to hear his voice. The team has trekked from Chutanga (3020m) to Kharki Teng (3900m) today in 2.5hrs. An awesome effort by everyone indeed.
The walk from Chutanga to Kharki Teng is one of my favourite sections as you are at first surrounded by lush forests that then gradually thin out into a landscape of low alpine scrub. This barren landscape at increasing altitude feels all the more remote due to the absence of villages in this region. The route climbs up the faces of Charpate and Kalo Himal, the prominent mountains that surround Lukla.
Tonight it will be very important for everyone to rest well and rehydrate themselves, as tomorrow will be a very early rise to face their first big challenge of crossing a high pass; the Zatra La at 4610m.
Upwards and onwards team...