Everest Base Camp - Day 9 Part 2 (Gorak Shep - Orsho)

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A train of dzopkyos heading up the trail outside Pheriche

Back at Gorek Shep, we warmed up with a drink of hot tea, and ordered breakfast.  Went up to the room to finish packing my bags and came back down to rejoin the entire group for breakfast.  Recounted some stories of the early morning activities and all too soon it was time to begin retracing our steps (generally speaking) back to Lukla. It was a long, long day.  Since we had the delay on our outbound flight last week we were going to head down in three days instead of the customary four.  We passed through Lobuche (where we had spent a night), stopped for lunch in Duglha, passed through Pheriche (on the other side of the ridge from Dingboche where we had spent two nights), and continued on to Orsho (where we had eaten lunch 5 days ago).  We were already down to 4200m (13780 ft) and breathing and sleeping was so much easier.  Especially for those who had been suffering the most at Gorek Shep/Base Camp, everyone was looking and feeling remarkably better down here where we had some additional oxygen to breath. But for those of us who had done the climb to Kala Pattar in the morning it had been back to back nearly ten hour days of trekking on very little sleep.  I know that I was physically and mentally exhausted and most everyone else was as well.  After dinner I slowly and wearily walked to my room, crawled into my sleeping bag, and fell into the most welcome arms of sleep.

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