After Pheriche, we enjoyed our final views of Everest around Tengboche. To get to Khumjung we hiked ten miles, we went down 5,000 feet, and up 3,000 feet (give or take). Hardest day yet!

The trek from Khumjung to Benkar wasn’t so bad. It was still a fairly long day – around 7 hours of trekking – but not as much extreme up and down. We crossed the highest suspension bridge again today, as well as a couple other bridges. We also encountered a group of children we saw on our way out – their high fives very welcoming.

While this experience was amazing, as the trek got closer and closer to being complete I was just ready to rest my tired legs, and excited to enjoy a hot shower again! (At this point it had been eight days since I had any shower at all.) Which was fine higher up in the colder air, and before my hair was getting very greasy and dirty.