Tuesday March 28th – Day in Namche
Today was for touring significant locations within the city of Namche Bazer.
Our day started with a tour of the world's highest dental clinic, established in 1991. Nawang Doka Sherpa, the Dental Clinician, gave a tour of the facility and its equipment. The clinic services the local Nepalese people. The average charge for services average is less than $5 USD. They are supported by donations and don't receive much help from the government. In support of the clinic, we bought many tee shirts and hats to support their efforts.
They have had multiple challenges which included a fire and two earthquakes. It is admirable to see their continued efforts to service the Khumbu Valley.
Next, we walked past a local school yard but the students were inside with their studies. Super Phula, our guide, gave us insight into schooling in the valley.
Thereafter, we toured the Sagarmatha National Park and its museum. Sagarmatha is the Nepalese name for Everest. We had a group photo beside the Tenzing Norkay Sherpa's Statue, the Sherpa who accompanied Edmond Hillary on the historical first climb of Everest in 1953.
Our next stop was at the Sherpa Saga Sanctuary and Sherpa Cultural Museum. This sanctuary was the historical camping grounds of Edmond Hillary's 1953 British Expedition. We visited a traditional Sherpa living house showing artifacts and utensils resembling the past way of the Sherpas in the Khumbu Valley. There was also a photo gallery and slide show of all Sherpas who have reached the summit, cultural festivals, the many mountains, and the Sherpa way of life. We even found a photo of our guide, Super Phula's brother, Kami Sherpa, who has summited Everest 6 times. Super Phula will follow family tradition and summit next year. Good luck!
Part of the afternoon was free for shopping and then followed by two presentations on High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and Backcountry Medical Kits. We certainly appreciate the valuable information from our experts Everest ER presenters, Dr Megan Walmsey and Dr. Maria Nemethy.
Dinner was a chance of everyone to come together once again as a team. Many of us are personally gathering their thoughts for tomorrow's continuation of our trek to Everest Base Camp.