24 Apr 2017 – Updating Phakding – Namche
Fri 7Apr 0645hrs: Phakding 2,620m/8,595ft – Namche 3,450m/22,318ft 12k.
Still along DudhKoshi, up thru’ rhododendron, fir, Himalayan pine, cedar forest with the view of Kusum Kanguru/Kangaroo 6,369m/20,895ft & Thamserku Mts 6,623m/21,719ft.
Long suspension bridge, and wow! the first sighting of Sagarmatha/Everest 8,848m/29,018ft world’s tallest mt and I survived to see it with my own 2eyes!! (even when it is from a distance). Another bucket list item accomplished.
Passing by the village of Monjo. Break@Buddha Lodge for lunch and to air my feet.
Long lines@Namche checkpoint, smart of Kumar to call one of the porters who had arrived@Namche with the group and our baggage. He came to stand in line while poor Kumar had to accompany me so that I could slowly but surely reach the ups ups ups to Namche by 1630hrs.
2 nights here@Kongde Lodge to rest and acclimatize. Met up with a Norwegain, Ulrik Hoksnes Karlsen, hiking solo who works in Shanghai and knows Magnus – small world. He also has a twin bro working in SIN!
Sat 8Apr: a visit to Namche Market and the museum before heading another 400m to acclimatize.
The group was flying their kites and scaring the birds 🙂
They proceeded on to Everest View Lodge while our guide Kumar, porter Samip and I decided to nap instead of climbing. Headed back to the lodge for another night.
Only pix I have of the whole group@Namche Bakery where the older bro Samip (24) so touchingly cut up the food for his younger bro (14). Clockwise: Sam, younger porter, me, Lum, Calvin, Kumar&Samip. Sam bought a pair of mittens and I, a pair of booties (booties pix credits to Calvin).
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals – Zig Ziglar
I am enjoying your adventure!
Amazing photos Amy. Must be awe inspiring to start with Everest in front of you.
It was inspiring to have the Himalayas around me and even blessed with clear blue skies thru’out the trek.
Yes, I can imagine it would be. Having clear skies sure is a bonus.
It definitely cheer up the whole scene!
Thanks John, hope that your life too is an adventure!
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