Anna and Subindra are accompanying me to the base camp, and will go back to Chhukhung in the afternoon.
Majestic vistas all around.
Here comes the base camp.
Bird view with Island Peak high in the background.
Base camp mess tent, still virtually empty.
My base camp home for this night, with my rented plastic boots in front of it.
And with my climbing buddy Alex inside now.
How did he get here?
Funny story - as it later turned out, we had "met" before online on TrekkingPartners.com, both of us looking for a partner to climb Island Peak, but seeing our slightly different planned summit dates we decided not to pursuit it any further. As luck had it, we ended doing it together after all.
Quick alpine refresher on a slope just above the base camp.
Alex, ready for tomorrow.
All smiles and excitement.
Nlima Tanzig Sherpa - mine and Alex's main guide for tomorrow summit.
Cool as ice.
Now early dinner and early to bed, as the next day starts soon after midnight.