Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp p2

I was awoken on this rather chilly morning to the sound of Doug banging on my window at 6am, the previous night We’d agreed that it’d be a good idea to set off first thing in the morning to ensure we beat the hordes of trekkers and secure a lodge for the night, also the best views of the mountains are found in the morning.

I munch down a hearty English breakfast to give me plenty of much needed energy for the long day ahead. Namche is at a 800m greater elevation than Phakding and there are numerous, rather large ups and downs before the steep 600m climb to Namche. This is going to be a pretty tough day.

As we set off I get a few photos with the friendly lodge owner (Joni) who is a local Sherpa

We cross the Dudh Kosi river around four or five times on huge steel suspension bridges that get increasingly high. We come to a split in the path and decide to take the higher (paved) route which sees us climb 250m only to decend back to the river and joining the lower path, which coincidently barely climbed or descended at all. Won’t be making that mistake again.

We can now see the huge hill that Namche resides on top of. We can also catch our first glimpse of a snow covered peak in the distance, the size is simply stagerring.

As we near the daunting Namche ascent we have to cross the Dudh Kosi once more on the highest suspension bridge on the entire treck, this thing must be close to 100m above the river. We hastilly crossed as the bridge swayed precariously in the breeze.
Once across, the steep climb (600m) up to Namche began, zig-zagging up the wooded slopes. As we ascended the terrain became increasingly Alpine like and I grew ever more tired as the oxygen became just that little bit thinner with every step I took. At this time I was somewhat jealous of Doug and the other trekkers who had bought trekking poles – he was alreadyacclimatised living in Flagstaff Arizona which is at a much higher elevation (2100m) than Manchester, England

An army checkpoint marked the end of the arduous climb and the perimeter of Namche Bazzar, we stood in amazment at the level of development here considering the altitude and remoteness to any form of motorised transport. We quickly found a suitable lodge, put our feet up and ordered some much needed food and a large pot of lemon tea.
It has been a long day.

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