This morning "Huomenta Suomi" called me for a quick interview while we were in Namche, maybe you can see it in Katsomo. We are on our way to Lukla with Pasang, my other sherpa-guide. Pasang knows how to stroke my ego, he said that from Everest Base Camp to Lukla is a three day hike, but we can do it in two. So we are doing it.
The Sherpas, who had another meeting after we left the Base Camp, have decided to cancel all climbing for this year. At least all commercial climbing stops.
There are helicopters continuously flying back and forth, either richer clients are taking the heli-route to Lukla or Kathmandu or expeditions are moving some gear already that way. We met 150 yaks on their way up to the base camp, going there to carry things down.
It's a huge disappointment, but leaving the mountain now feels absolutely right. I'll be home by next week.