6th and 7th May , 2012 - Pheriche - Namche and Lukla

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WMS team at Everest Base Camp
WMS team at Lukla

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6th and 7th May , 2012 - Pheriche - Namche and Lukla

Today’s comments are for yesterday and today. These were our last two return days from Everest Base Camp, and they were both vigorous and full hiking days. Yesterday, we descended from Pheriche to Namche. The weather started out being excellent, and then deteriorated into a constant cold mist, a bit of wind, and snowfall. The moisture kept the dust down, and provided a different view of the path. Everyone did very well, being prepared with pack covers and raingear. We saw rhododendrons blooming, mountain goats, yaks too numerous to count, and deep, cloud filled valleys. The group visited the Sherpa Museum at the crest of t hill into Namche, and then hit the hot showers hard. Everyone’s oxygen saturation climbed remarkably, and the night was one of deep sleep and preparation for today’s hike to Lukla. The weather was perfect today, with sunny skies and a cool breeze. It was another long day hiking, and even though we were breathing thicker air, the uphill’s stretches were challenging. The final push to Lukla was energized when we encountered scores of school children literally bounding up the same trails upon which we were traveling on their way home from school. This evening we had the traditional farewell dinner, and paid thanks to the wonderful sherpas and porters who guided and cared for us during this adventure. Tomorrow morning we depart for Kathmandu, where some of the group will continue their sightseeing prior to everyone gathering for the farewell dinner at Rum Doodle. This has been a terrific experience and events were most appropriate for a medical group. We saw firsthand how high altitude, cold, and fatigue can conspire to make a journey difficult, and at the same time how preparation can mitigate most of the common afflictions of trekkers. We were honored to be lectured by the staff at the HRA clinic in Pheriche, and the doctors at Everest E.R. Peak Promotion was attentive and professional, and so many look forward to their next visit to Nepal.

Pangboche Village

Pangboche Village

 

Tendi and Daniell

Tendi and Daniell

 

Mountain Goat (Thar)

Mountain Goat (Thar)

 

Mount Everest view below the Nemche Bazaar

Mount Everest view from below the Nemche Bazaar

 

Crossing Buddhist Stupa of Bankar

Crossing Buddhist Stupa of Bankar

 

Mani Stone

Mani Stone

 

Mary Elder learningĀ to play a flute

Mary Elder learning to play a  flute