4th April , 2012 - Acclimatization Hike

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heading up to Namche Bazaar
Hiking upto Everest View Hotel

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trekking in nepal
4th April , 2012 - Acclimatization Hike

Today was the first day that we caught a glimpse of the mother of all mountains, Mt. Everest. Beside her stood Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. These legends dwarfed the foothills where we stood and I believe it was both humbling and exhilarating to all of us. Collectively we probably took more photos over the 30 minutes that we were at that vantage point, than the rest of the trip combined.

The goal of today was an acclimatization hike to a neighboring mountain village by the name of Khumjung, about 800 meters higher than Namche. For most of the hike, the snow-capped peaks surrounded us. That is until the clouds again descended low into the valleys. We all hoped that we wouldn’t have a repeat of yesterday when many of us ended up a bit damp from all of the rainfall. But it didn’t dampen our spirits for shopping after we returned to Namche. The girls, and Lance, all immediately began shopping for traditional Nepali yak wool hats with cool tassels and last minute needed gear.

Towards the end of our day, we saw Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest in 1963, hiking the opposite direction on the trail. He is in his early 80’s. We all wondered how far up he would be trekking. Between seeing Whittaker, Sir Edmund Hillary’s statue in the courtyard of a school built by his foundation, and all of the peaks earlier in the day, it was a day of legends.

 

Hiking from Namche Bazaar

Hiking from Namche Bazaar

 

Local House

WMS team

 

team at Everest View Hotel

team at Everest View Hotel

 

cutting stone for build house in Namche

cutting stone for build house in Namche

 

At Khumjung

At Khumjung