May 9 - Hillary School in Khumjung

A few of our great BAI Sherpa GuidesThis morning Min (BAI Trek Guide - Min Bahadur) and I left Khunde before breakfast to run down the hill from Khunde (12,600 ft) back to Namche (11,400 ft) where Will and Amy are staying at the Khumbu Lodge.

It took us about 30 minutes to get to Namche and we arrived in time to have breakfast with Will and Amy before they began trekking .

The rest of the group will leave Khunde with our main group of Sherpas and we will all meet in Tangboche for lunch near the monastery.

This morning on the way out of Khunde I expect that the group will stop at the Hillary School at Khumjung. Suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi RiverThose of you who were following last year's BAI Everest Base Camp trek will remember when we were on hand in May for the unveiling and dedication of a statue of Sir Edmond Hillary at the Khumjung School, which had opened in 1961 through the hard work of Hillary himself and with funding from the Himalayan Trust.

Yesterday, Bob, Lee and myself visited the school, while Fiona and Maggie hiked some 800 feet above Khumjung to a beautiful overlook of the Bote Kosi river valley at a site where there is a memorial for Hillary's wife who was lost in a plane accident leaving Kathmandu years ago. Since she did that climb yesterday, Maggie was going to be sure to stop at the school this morning; she did not want to miss it.

We will all be trekking beneath the grandest mountain scenery on earth as we move up the Khumbu Valley today. It is exciting to be moving closer to Base Camp, to be together and to know that our bodies are adapting to the demands of high altitude.

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