We were all very excited for the last day of hiking to the glacier, the increase in altitude means that some normally thoughtless tasks such as packing up your sleeping bag can leave you out of breath. I for one was looking forward to unpacking and settling in to the lodge at Tangnak. From the ridge behind Machermo you get the first view of the huge moraine at the end of Ngozumpa Glacier, finally feeling we could soon get to work.
After dropping down and crossing the river from the glacier, we set off for the final stretch. Here there was still uninterrupted snow cover, the going was slow at times and we had to stop regularly to drink water and reapply suncream, it was so hot!
Finally, after 8 days hiking we made it to the best lodge in the Khumbu and were greeted with the best possible welcome…..chocolate cake!