We had just arrived at Tengboche when we heard there had been a major avalanche near Everest Camp 1 (which is not the same as Base Camp incidentally). The death toll is currently 13 and may be as high as 20, and all our thoughts went out to those Nepalese families who have lost loved ones. The Sherpa and guiding community is quite small and many people will know someone affected. One of our guides for example had a sibling at one of the other camps, and as you trek along different guides and porters are constantly greeting and knowing each other.
It’s a sad reminder of how dangerous Mt Everest can be. Again thoughts go out to those affected.