Everest – Day 6: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

April 4 (Thursday)

today's trail

today’s trail

After breakfast we set off to Monjo, about two hours from Phakding and at 9235 ft of elevation.

the manes are turned to the left to carry on the prayers.  I turned them a few extra times =)

the manes are turned to the left to carry on the prayers. I turned them a few extra times =)

more paintings on boulders

more paintings on boulders

rhododendrons in bloom

rhododendrons in bloom

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some of the homes we saw along the trek

some of the homes we saw along the trek

more rhododendrons

more rhododendrons

manes

manes

We had a very nice view of a long swing bridge while we ate lunch at Monjo.  Almost every swing bridge on the trek was decorated with prayer flags.

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Andy about to cross a swing bridge

Andy about to cross a swing bridge

After lunch we crossed the bridge followed by a bunch more swingers.  Interesting fact that the yaks were crossing the swing bridges as well, even though the bottom was nothing but a see-through wire.

The trail got a little steeper but we were rewarded by the first glimpse of Everest!!  It’s summit was easy distinguishable from other mountains because of a huge snow drift.  The drift indicated winds of over 100mph on the summit.  I was really hoping I would never encounter such wind speeds high on the mountain…

first glimpse of Everest

first glimpse of Everest

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The trail got very steep thereafter and after few hours we made it to our destination for the next couple of days, Namche Bazaar (11,400 ft).

looking over Namche
pic courtesy of Brien Sheedy

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looking over Namche. Our hotel is right above us, next to where the Sherpa is standing

We stayed at the Panorama Lodge which surprised us by outstanding rooms.  Every room had two beds with electric heating pads, and a shower in the bathroom (the shower was right next to the toilet so the whole bathroom was flooded when it was in use, but who cares!!  That shower felt so good!!  They even provided sandals and towels!  I was thinking that if that’s what climbing Everest is all about then I’m golden! 🙂

DAY 7

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