11th May, 2013 - Acclimatization Day – Everest View Hotel and Khumjung Village

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11th May 2013 Rest Day – Everest View Hotel and Khumjung Village

Today was rest day….. We had the leniency to start at 7.30. It was almost 7.45 when we actually started for our acclimatization hike. The climb was very steep, as much as yesterdays climb. Our pace was slow with aching limbs due to yesterday’s efforts. We reached Sangboche at 9 am. Here is the highest airstrip in the world at 3880 meters. The strip is about 400 meters in length, all of flattened soil…. Not tar / cement. The thought of an aircraft landing on this surface itself was scary. About 15 minutes further up we came to a spot that took our breath away. Here was Mount Everest right in front about 20 Km arial distance further ahead. It would take 5-6 more days more for us to reach its base. From here we could also see Kangde, Kusum Kangaru, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks. We were all overawed with the view. Cameras were in action over the next few minutes.

About 20 minutes easy downhill walk from here and we reached Everest View Hotel. The hotel is fantastic but very expensive. You get a view of Everest from every room of this hotel. We spent about an hour here and then proceeded to Khumjung for our lunch. This village is perhaps the most beautiful villages on this route. Each structure in the village looks almost the same and has the same colour – green. The buildings are also very well spaced out. After our lunch at Ama Dablam View Lodge a few of us visited the monastery in the village and then we started our hike back at 12.40. Reached Namache at 2.15, and some of us still had the energy left to visit the museum here. Now we know what a rest day means…… its rest for our porters not us. It is amazing how each one carried anything between 25 to 40 Kg. weights over their backs during that climb to Namache yesterday.

Tomorrow we plan Thyangboche that will be about 400 meters higher than Namache.









Khumjung Monastry