26th April , 2012 - Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar
Arriving Namche Bazaar

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trekking in nepal
26th April , 2012 - Namche Bazaar

Namaste friends!  Yes, Namaste is the name of a very good beer brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware (special hello to my fellow Delawarians from MJ) but it is also the traditional greeting in Nepal.  Today our trek took us along the Dudhkoshi River that runs through the Solukumbhu Valley.  The Valley is predominately habituated by the Sherpa people, one of 59 tribes that comprise the native Nepalese. During the trek, the groups passed through many Sherpa villages and were met along the trail with Sherpa children with the traditional Namaste greeting.  The River was breathtakingly beautiful with glacier blue water and giant boulders spread all over the river bed and along its shores indicating the power and force of the raging water. There are no fish in the water because as Bhanu and I can attest, the water is ice cold from glacier and snow melt.  We passed over several suspension bridges that swayed with the wind but seemed steady enough even when lines of yaks and mules crossed along with us.  The trail serves the Sherpa “highway” connecting all the villages throughout the valley from Lukla to Everest.  Thus, we often have to step to the side to let caravans of yaks and mules loaded with supplies to pass.  Hundreds of Sherpa carrying three times their weight also navigate the trial from village to village.  The weather today was perfect, sunny and warm. The last three or four hours of the trek was very challenging uphill that was probably good training for what’s to come. As soon as the sun sets the temperature drops significantly and since it is past dark, I am off to my down sleeping bag.  Shuva ratri (goodnite) from Namche Bazzar.
MJ

Buddhist Stupa

Buddhist Stupa

 

Pual taking village picture

Pual taking village picture

 

with our guide Tendi

with our guide Tendi

 

Bradley burning juniper

Bradley burning juniper

 

crossing highest bridge in Khumbu

crossing highest bridge in Khumbu

 

Donkey train crossing a bridge with gas load

Donkey train crossing a bridge with gas load

 

looking a artical map

looking a artical map