We arrived back to base camp about 1 hour ago and have seen the doctor, but more about that later. When we walked into base camp, we were greeted by the cook and other staff, with a cake in the shape of Khan Tengri. This was presented to Fiona, and the interpreter said that it was because she is the only female that has made it to the summit this year!
After a quick celebration we saw the doctor, who said that Fiona’s frostbite was first degree on her thumb (1st out of 3, with 3 being the worst), and that I have 1st & 2nd on all my toes and the balls of my feet. He said its all treatable, dressed the areas, and said that we need to have an antibiotic injection, which will be given to us tonight after dinner.
The climb down today was pretty uneventful, with lots of abseils and long snow slopes to descend. Took us about 5 hours to go from camp 2 to base. The highlight was a 600m glissade, where you litterally sit on your bum and just slide down the mountain, using your ice axe as a brake and your feet to steer. We covered in 5 minutes what would have taken nearly an hour to walk.
Paul and Fiona safely back in base camp, about to have our first wash in 2 weeks. Geat even if it is out of a bucket!