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Today we scaled an even higher mountain than the day before, gazed starry-eyed at the beautiful peaks and valleys and played cricket with Nepalese children. It was glorious and it was delicious and, for the majority of our party it was enjoyed in Zip-Offs. 

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Our day started in the freezing cold Paradise Lodge tea house in Deboche. By 7.15am we had set off up the icy hill to Tengboche, where we were greeted by some spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam in the early morning light.
 
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After being snowed in for a day and a half in our Pangboche tea house we were eager to get outside and tackle Mt Ama Dablam. The 5.30am wake up and -10 degree temperature couldn't dull our excitement as we headed off in howling winds.

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Time flies when you’re having fun. Well maybe not so much when 9 people are confined to a 5 by 6 metre tearoom for 10 hours straight. 

 

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Day 5 saw us leaving Namche Bazaar & venturing on to Khunde where we climbed up Khunde Ri hill to 4, 200metres where Sir Edmund Hillary's memorial stood along with his first wife's Louise & daughter Belinda's.
 
The climb left us breathless however, the views were breath-taking.
 
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The Day after Valentine's Day in Nepal and Steve's realised he's on the other side of a 30mm thick wall to me so he starts playing "not giving in" by Rudimental for me at 6am in the morning. 

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We woke up with views of white fields, low clouds and 15 below overnight temperatures, it was a white valentines day in nepal. The weather did mean a change to the planned route for the day. 

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Tenzing said to Hillary that the wind on the slopes of Everest was like The Roar of a Thousand Tigers. So it was very appropriate for me to don my new hat that kinda resembles a tiger for the day ahead. 
 
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Day 3 in Nepal was like Christmas. Snowfall, our first sighting of Everest, snow angels, snowball fights and a Christmas fruit cake to finish it off. 

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It's day two of our trek and we are feeling good. We left Phakding bright and early after a much needed sleep and set off to Monjo. It was a moderately easy day of what Manos, our guide, calls 'Nepalese flat', which is really fluctuating hills. Manos tells us that the Nepalise call anything under 6000 metres above sea level a hill!!

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