The weather here has been unseasonably bad with lots of snow and cloud. Despite this we had an amazing evening at Lobuche base camp (5,300m) when the cloud cleared just on dusk to reveal an amazing vista. It was a view that was well worth the climb and the cold night.
During the night we were woken several times with hard snow hitting the tent. At 4am it was misty and snowing but we prepared to climb and ate breakfast in anticipation. At 6:20 it cleared and we started off, but the snow covered rocks were slippery and progress was very slow and slightly uncomfortable. The cloud came and went revealing tremendous glimpses of the peaks and we made the glacier about 10am. Steep and prone to avalanches, the snow climb required good visibility and the weather was changing for the worse. Our collective pace was also too slow to reach the top and return to base. Colin was very keen to go on and Tshering our guide was willing, so they went on and made a very fast free ascent and descent without belays while the rest of us descended slowly, abseiling the steepest rocky bit.
We packed up base camp very quickly in heavy snow fall and raced down to join the main EBC track. From there it was another few hours back to Dingboche,
This morning has dawned fine and clear for only the second time in what seems like weeks.