After a great night of rest, we walked from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) - a nice 5 ½ hour walk, with amazing weather and stunning views!
Pemba showed me a little shortcut from where we could stare Mt. Everest into the eyes for the first time, while enjoying the fresh mountain air and a nice cool breeze (which was much needed, as the sun was quite hot). She is still a beauty, and looking the rooftop of the world into the eyes, is always a touching experience!
I was relieved to reach Namche with no headaches, or trouble from the altitude, as I had been a bit worried about the rapid accent (a few days ago I was at 0 meter altitude, now at 3440). But everything seems good so far!
When reaching Namche Bazaar, we ran into a good friend of Pembas – Tommy, a very nice Swedish guy, who has spend a lot of time in Nepal, and been on a few Mt. Everest expeditions back in the late 80ies. Today he is working had raising money for the cleaning up of the Everest region. He helped raised money to cleanup Everest himself, and now is focusing on sustainable cleaning of the entire Khumbu region (I believe there should be included some photos from some of the waist management systems that he has helped setup in this post). It is great to meet people like this, and very inspiring indeed! And I actually asked him to see his passport, as he did not look 53 years old – I would have guessed him in his early 40ties :)
The night ended with a hearty sizzler plate of yak meat – it is nice to get some protein inside, while it is still available!