Location: Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3440 metres
Weather: Fine in the morning, cloudy and windy in the afternoon
Hi everyone Denise here,
I’m pleased to say that we’ve all arrived safe and well at Namche and everyone is feeling good.
After staying at Monju last night and doing the extra walking yesterday we were happy to be able to have a leisurely start today. It was an 8am start with a breakfast of porridge to warm us up for the climb ahead. Toast with home made apple jam finished the meal. Then it was watching the porters load up our bags (we haven’t been travelling lightly!) and setting off at 9am.
First view of Everest
For the first 30 mins we followed the Dudh Koschi river, simple undulating terrain and then the climbing began; stone steps and gravel. Everyone settled into a gentle easy rhythym, putting one foot in front of the other. The porters continue to amaze us with their strength. A porter that passed us today was 22 years old, weighed 55kgs and was carrying 75kgs on his back!
Onwards and upwards we crossed the Hillary Bridge and just as we were starting to fatigue, all was forgotten when we were rewarded with our first view of Everest! Snow capped and shrouded in cloud…but Everest none the less. So, with renewed vigour we fell back into step and kept on climbing. Chocolate, lollies & water (in that particular order) brought us to Namche Bazaar.
Hillside village of Namche Bazaar
After 3 hours and 25 mins we walked into the stepped, hillside town of Namche Bazaar. The white 2 storey lodges with blue roofs contrasting strongly with the rocky brown/green terraces. We came across a father and his little boy sifting through a tray of caraway seeds removing the stones. After taking a photo of the little boy, he was amazed to see himself on the camera screen. It was fantastic to see the wonder in his face and the smile it generated.
Now time to rest and acclimatise
Our lodge is great, with the most amazing views from the bedroom windows. The bakeries here aren’t bad either! We have spent the afternoon relaxing, roaming around town and sending messages home. We have another rest day here tomorrow, so until then….
Hi everyone – Fiona here…
Thanks for your messages for us.
Jacci – Yes, I worked it out. Bit of a relief and glad to hear it’s all ok.
Leah – Mum has a special yetti foot beer coaster for you from the Rum Doodle.
Sara – great to hear the preparations for the Inca Trail are progressing well.
Hi to Anne and Graham, Bill and Liz and everyone else.
Bye for now,
Thanks for your message. I did see lots of monkeys at the temple and yes Stefano I have all I need for Everest Basecamp now. I saw a bit of Everest today, although it was far far away. We also see lots of children everyday and they remind me of you guys.
Thanks for reminding me of your ages 🙂
Lots of Love
Daddy ( over 40 )