May 11, 2007


The six hour trek from Base Camp to the Himalayan Hotel in Pheriche was pleasant and enjoyable. It was a real treat to order off a menu and the food was delicious. I had a tuna and cheese grilled sandwich with french fries and it was so good. It was even more delightful to be able to sleep in a real bed with a real mattress and a real blanket to cover my sleeping bag. Mark and I shared a room and had the best sleep since we entered Nepal.

Today we hiked over to Denboche (sp?), a village just over the mountain, and had lunch at the Snow Lion Hotel and Restaurant. The lunch was absolutely delicious. I had a ham and cheese bragger (that is the correct spelling, not burger) and french fries. Absolutely delicious. (Again…) Mark and Phil had lunch (unintelligible). We had dinner tonight at the Himalayan Hotel and I had a double serving of stir fried vegetables/noodles and pineapple for dessert. (He said the first serving was so good that he had to order another.) The food was excellent. I’m not sure how long we’re going to be staying here. Everything depends on the weather in terms of our return to Base Camp and our last move up the mountain.

Today it snowed really hard and was kind of fun to watch the snow fall from the inside of a lodge where we were warm and comfy.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Bill Burke
(Does he sound hungry!–Sharon)