Local time: 06 April 19:20
Location: Namche Bazaar
Weather: Fine, then fog 10C
Its Paul at Namche Bazaar. We have spent the day walking around the local area, visiting the Everest View hotel and the village of Khumjung.
Everest View hotel
This morning after breakfast of porridge and toast we walked up the hill past Shyanboche to the Everest View hotel. We weren’t hopeful of seeing Everest as the clouds were rolling in fast, but we were lucky enough to see it for about 15 minutes. This was a real treat. Everest doesn’t look the highest mountain when compared to Nuptse, but its very distinctive. I remember last time how daunting this view looked when we were here last year, and it still looks terrifying. Everest could be seen with its dark black rock jutting into the screaming jetstream winds, creating a huge banner cloud in its wake. We posed for a group photo before heading down to Khumjung.
Two of our Sherpas Tshiring Thundu, Mingma Nuru are from Khumjung as is our base camp manager P Temba and it was a great opportunity to visit their houses as their guests. They seemed to take delight in showing us around and introducing us to their families. We enjoyed a good lunch and bumped into Gerlinde Kaltanbrunner who is trekking up here before heading off the climb Dhalagiri. Gerlinde has climbed the most 8000m mountains of any woman.
After lunch we visited the Hillary High school and saw the local kids playing cricket. It was a very animated game, although I don’t know how they could see the ball in the fog. They looked pretty good.
Porters on strike
Our porters have gone on strike (they have heard from porters heading down from base camp that its cold up there now), so our expedition gear is stuck in Namche, but we are arranging some yaks to take the gear in from here. We are not too worried at this stage, because it only takes the yaks 3-4 days to get to base camp, but we will take another 7-8 days. This should allow plenty of time to get the gear there.
Hi Liane, That’s great that you guys are up to the same point as us in your book. Meagan is from Sudbury, but currently lives in Ottawa.
Hi Inna et al, Your are half right. The masks are for two purposes. The first is to stop the dust, which is both irritating, but also can carry many diseases. The second reason is to try to moisten and warm the air that you breath. Breathing cold dry air is thought to be a contributor to the Khumbu cough. Last year I got a respiratory infection, so I am trying hard to avoid this again. I have a special mask from psolar which is specifically designed to warm the air that you breathe, but it doesn’t filter dust, so I will begin to wear this above BC. Hopefully this will work well. See my supporters page for more info on this mask. We labeled the three of us left to right.
Hi MC – A standard load for porter is 28-30 kilos, but sometimes they carry more in exchange for a higher payment.
Hi JF, great to hear from you.
Hi Mira, Loved your quote – we really have a great team here and everyone seems to be getting along well. We passed your messages onto Atilla. He has had a few problems with getting his updates working, but I think he has it sorted now.
MC – you might have given us an idea for a photo later on!
Hi Chris, There is significantly less Naaamche this year. We have been really getting into the lemon tea, but could get sick of it. Enjoy your hiking.
Hi Liz, You are going to love the Rhod trees here – they are amazing.
Off to Tengboche tomorrow, Paul.