Today we climbed a local peak to 5,100 metres (16,500 feet) - an altitude record for Helen. Had great views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Island Peak, Lohtse and more. We have almost climbed as high as Everest base camp altitude so this should stand us in good stead further up the valley. The food is still dreadful but the local bakeries provide some compensation in the form of apple pie and chocolate cake. So far so good !