The day started with a slower pace than usual, morning tea at 7am and breakfast shortly after. We started with meandering through the market place in Namche bazaar. Lots of Yak bells and toques bought and plenty of pictures taken in the meat market!! We all took a moment to get into the spirit of the market place in full swing before heading up the long and steep trail to Everest View Hotel. Each of us managed to find our own pace and took it slowly, bistaarai biastaarai, and all made it up the trail catching our first view of Mount Everest as it teasingly appeared intermittently from behind the clouds. Breathtaking! Cameras at the ready and lots of mega pixels utilized as we continued up the path to the hotel. With a backdrop of Mount Thamserku, Kyashar, Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Cholotse, Nuptse ridge, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and of course Everest itself, every step gave a new angle that somehow seemed a thousand times better than the one before. Unbelievable. Finally we made it to the hotel and climbed the steps to the view point with the panoramic view of all these said mountains peacefully, yet majestically displayed themselves in front of us. Awe-inspiring. After having another long awaited lemon tea and posing for a group picture, we stepped back on the trail and headed toward lunch!!! Hard life!
A delicious lunch was prepared at Khumjung Ama Dablam view lodge. Here we took our sats at about 3,800m. Sats ranged between 85-94%!! Not bad! After a talk on saturations and environmental influences, having digested lunch, we got back on the path and headed toward our next stop, Khumjung monestry, where the Yeti skull was seen!! We were also privileged to whiteness Monks in prayer.
We moved on once again to our final destination of the day, Khunde Medical clinic, set up by Sir Edmund Hillary. Here we met with Dr Kami Sherpa and his team and got to look around the clinic. Handing over donations brought from various places in the world, we then had a discussion of the types of patients seen within the clinic and got the feel of life as a doctor in the Khumbu region.
On our way back to Namche we came across a patient on the road side…unsure if it was for real as the patient turned out to be Greg with his “wife” Suzie (!!) both in character! we ended up involved in an unexpected simulation case and Colleen and JB got the gold star price for interaction and intervention on the mountain side! With the aid of Tony’s stethoscope and stash of drugs.
After a little adrenaline rush, we were all ready to pick up the pace as we headed down hill toward our 5 star Khumbu lodge, where hot showers and electric blankets awaited us : ) Pre-dinner discussion on exercise physiology and trek pole physics shortly followed by once again a delicious dinner, brought the day to a close and we all headed off to bed, ready to be tucked in and mentally prepare for the day yet to come and Tengboche hill!!!!
…………. Bistaarai, bistaarai!!!!