Nagged by Helen, fearing frost bite, they agreed to a dead heat.
Lunch in miserable and damp Pairo, ahead of the tortuous climb - another vertical kilometer- up to Rimche and the Ganesh View Lodge.
Our hearts were in our mouths as we watched our kids - especially Tom, being younger ...not first in line for coordination genes ...and easily distracted - walk along narrow paths with precipitous drops to a fast and loud river below. Frequent small landslips made things even more fun...
Happy to eat after a seven hour day. The kids did really well. We were all tired towards the end, but no melt downs. A mountaineer took Tom under his wing and shared some man-building conversations and advice. "Climbers don't shower until they get back to Kathmandu." Etc while his sissy Mum and sister took the only hot shower they'd find in 16 days.
Next day, we trundled up the valley, stopping a while to build a chorten, to Riverside at 2770m where we took a long and leisurely dhal bhat for lunch.
And where the kids played at the river.
And where we decided to stay. All tired after yesterday, and we learned that the next guest houses at Gora Tabela were all closed for Lhosar.
Rosie struggled with asthma and developed eczema.
After a short third day, we felt strong on day four as we walked up above the tree line, past our first patches of snow, past juniper bushes, to Thyangsep for lunch.
We determined to try for Langtang, but Rosie struggled with chest constrictions so we turned quickly back to Thyangsep.
Kids played "Yak yak scaredy yak" and were generally in fine fettle. We taught Sandesh to play Yahtzee and a fine evening was had by all, except Rosie came down with a head cold.
Shane, Helen, Rosie and Tom
Location:Boudha Main Road,,Nepal