The precipitation, which had been broadcasted since early in the morning, delivered a few centimeters of fresh snow until evening, and the landscape around us turned rather wintry overnight. Considering the weather, descending turned out to be our best decision.
Our chef, Wongdi, is spoiling us with different delicacies for both lunch and dinner, and we are enjoying it to the fullest. Taking a shower was also a real treat – especially after five days on the mountain. This morning, we had a relaxed breakfast, made some time for ourselves, and it was more than necessary to do some laundry; but of course, there's no washing machine. Instead, we got it done in a washtub. Everything is quite relaxed, and we are trying to consume as little energy as possible. We are here to recharge after all.
We also had to save our small stupa from melting. The glacier around us is constantly changing. A complete thawing of the ice, which would also put our tents in danger, is only averted by the stone walls. The ice cover here at base camp has dropped more than a meter since our arrival two weeks ago. We seem to get closer and closer to the water level of the small glacier lake just below our camp – but no worries, we are still a few meters away.
The weather hasn't changed a lot since we returned to base camp – sunshine and snowfall alternate constantly. This morning, we even caught a short glimpse of the summit through the clouds.
We will probably spend a few more days here in camp before we set out again. It's hard to assess whether we will already have a first chance to push all the way to the summit, but we will try our best to be ready and in the right place for it on day X.
All the best,
Markus & Hannes