10th May, 2013 - Trek to Namche Bazaar

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10th May 2013 Phakding to Namache

Today was expected to be the most hectic day of our trek and we had to start sharp at 7 am. So woke up very early had breakfast at 6.15 and were all ready to push off by 6.45. After the morning group photograph started at 7 am on our way to Jorsale. The entire trail till Jorsale was on the banks of Doodh Koshi River. We had to cross the river a few times over the hanging bridges. Everyone was very comfortable today over these bridges as we were all used to after several such experiences. Weather was absolutely clear and we could see a lot of mountains and of course the “Kusum Kanguru” Peak (6369 m) to our right.

We reached Monjo at 9.45 am. Immediately after crossing this village we came to the entry gate of “Sagarmatha National Park”. There is a permit required to enter the area. After entering the National Park we descended into Jorsale village and reached at 10.15. We had our lunch here. Jorsale is a small village situated on banks of Doodh Kosi River at a height of 2805 meters. So we had gained only 153 meters since morning.

We started our final ascent to Namache at 11.40. After a brief walk thru the basin of the river we crossed yet another bridge at the juncture of “Bhote Kosi” and “Doodh Koshi” rivers. It was very windy at this point and the bridge was swaying a bit. After this point was a very grueling and tough climb to Namache. The further height gained over the next 3 hours till Namche was 635 Meters and we made it at 3.10 pm. The first words that Tekraj said on our reaching the hotel were that “the way we have made it to Namache, we are definitely going to make it to EBC”. These words of encouragement were definitely of use for our morals….. Very frankly we were all dead tired. Tekraj and Prasad Everest summiteers last year are accompanying us from Giripremi. Their experience in the mountain is of immense value to all of us.

About 5 pm we were all back at the hotel lobby, once again fresh for a stroll in the Bazaar. Namache is a beautiful town and practically everything seems to be available here from massage parlors to pubs to beauty spas to Bakery. There is also a helipad around here. Tomorrow is our rest day. That does not mean we will be lying around in our rooms….. We plan to visit “Sangboche” for a possible first view of Mt. Everest followed by visit to Khumjung village.

Lukla

 

 

 

 

 

 

Namche Bazaar