Local time: 04 April 18:45
Location: Namche Bazaar
Weather: Sunny and windy, 25C, now its 6C.
Hi Everyone, It’s Paul in Namche Bazaar. We all got a great night’s sleep last night and Tim and Attila both commented that this was the best night’s sleep they had had in the past month. At almost 9 hours sleep, it was probably my best too. I actually had a small headache last night, but in the morning I felt fine.
We had a pretty relaxed start this morning, as no one seemed in too much of a hurry. Breakfast was porridge and copious amounts of lemon tea. We set off at 8:30 and had a really enjoyable walk through the green fields of the villages. Everything seems much greener than I remember it and I am trying to take in as much of it as possible, because I know that very soon it will be just rock and ice. We even saw some red rhododendrons in bloom, which was just fantastic. Along the way we crossed many suspension bridges – most have these are new and look well built, but you can see the old bridges and I was glad that we didn’t have to go over these.
After lunch we tackled the 600m climb up the hill to Namche. We were lucky that the wind kept up, so it wasn’t too hot. A slow and steady pace was set by Lakpa Nuru up front with the rest of us following behind. The path takes a seemingly endless number of switchbacks as it gains height. As it’s the middle of the week and the market isn’t till Saturday there wasn’t much porter traffic. We had a rest stop about half way up – drinks and some Easter eggs for snacks – and then we headed on up. Shortly after 2pm we caught a glimpse of the houses at Namche and 15 minutes later we were finally here.
I was walking around our lodge and I bumped into Pat Hickey, who is actually staying at the same lodge as us – Kala Patar lodge. Pat, Dame, Tim, Meagan and I all went out to the Sherpa bakery for coffee and apple pie. Dame and Tim are joking that they are going to be facing some tough questions back home if they come back weighing more than they were when they left.
Hi Sonam & Rebecca, Yes it was Boudenath Stupa that Lakpa took us to. I don’t know the name of the Lama that we saw, but it was a really great experience. With their permission I recorded the proceedings and also spoke to Lhakpa afterwards and he explained what transpired. Hopefully I can upload this to the site.
Hi Festerleigh, Thanks for your support. Paul.
Hi Meals, Happy Birthday for yesterday. Yes we are having a lot of fun together. Tim and Dame are doing really well and coped well with the first big challenge of the trek.
Hi MC, Great to hear from you – yes I was relieved to be able to get the oxygen. Apparently we are lucky to get it this year as there isn’t much available from last year. I should have ordered and paid for it a few months ago. If I ever do this again, I will ask Lakpa to arrange this for me ahead of time.
Hi Paula, Thanks for your blessings. I showed your message to Lakpa and he was really pleased to hear from you.
Hi Inna, great to hear from you. Hope everything is going well at home and you are not missing Tim too much. Attilla works in currency trading and Tim and he have spent several hours already discussing their views and strategies.
Hi WP, Yes, everything so far seems to be going well. Focussing hard on trying not to get sick – wearing masks for most of the trek so far.