April 3, 2013 - Trek to Namche Bazaar
We woke up at about first light after a good night's sleep in the Sherpa Farmhouse in Phakding and walked around the in the village area and down by the rapids of Dudh Koshi as the sun was rising. It was one of the most beautiful mornings experienced, but we're sure they will continue to amaze us every day in this Himalayan paradise. We had a delicious breakfast, saddled up our day packs and hit the trail towards Namche.
The hike was full of fantastic views in all directions and quaint mountain villages with the friendliest (and toughest) people on earth smiling with a hearty "Namaste" as we passed by. Also on the trail were Sherpa's and porters carrying almost twice their bodyweight up some of the steepest mountain trails we've ever seen and not showing any struggle, just a quiet steady pace. All of this we are finding out is just the beautiful yet rugged way of life here on the trail to Mt Everest.
After a number of spectacular river bridge crossings we stopped and ate brunch in Monjo, a town at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. We were all in good spirits as we had some delicious rice and noodles and then entered through the gate toward Mt Everest.
The trail soon got significantly steeper as we climbed toward the next town Namche. We dogged Jopkyo and donkeys as we made our way up toward the bazaar. Along the way was the first clear overlook where we could see Mt Everest for the first time….it's an impressive mountain even among other great peaks of the area. We eventually reached our destination at the Kumbu Lodge in Namche, set our packs down and chowed down on some well-deserved Nepali cuisine.
We spent the rest of the day hiking the hills, town shops, and monastery around Namche until dinner back at the Kumbu Lodge.
-Diz, Gus and Gino