(View of Mount Thamserku and Kusumkangkaru)
"Rest day". Today's goal was to rest and acclimatize by hiking up to 3,880 meters and spending some time at that altitude before returning to Namche. Lakpa led the group and we headed uphill to our first view of Everest. We've all been waiting for this for months, maybe years. After a steep climb uphill, we rounded a corner and there it was. It was just as imagined, wind blowing off the peak to the east and rising above all the other 6,000+meter peaks. After seeing many magnificent peak for the first time, we did some team building: a three tier pyramid, and grand shot of everyone jumping in the air.
We went on to the Hotel Everest View at 3880 meters for another uninhibited view of Everest. Standing at 3,800 meters and seeing these 8,000 meter peaks is hard to describe. We stayed a few minutes before heading back downhill, passing through Khumjung, a Sherpa village. We then went and met Dr Kami, who gave us a great synopsis of the Kunde Hospital and its mission in the reg ion. It was incredible to hear about the challenges they face and what their thought process is in dealing with certain medical emergencies.
We then headed back to Namche. Along the way we met a rowdy group of Yaks who were themselves on their way home to the Yak Farm. It's exciting but unpredictable when you are walking down a steep hill and you hear the yak bell symphony behind you.
Back in Namche we had our teaching time given by Dr. Lulu and we discussed fractures and dislocations management in wilderness settings. We then had dinner. Writing this blog on a belly full of yak stew has been my pleasure. What a great group we have. Thank you to all of the Sherpas.