21st March, 2011- First day of trekking

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Another fabulous day of trekking

Another fabulous day of trekking (day 2)!  Today we trekked from Phakding (8,695 ft) to Namche Bazaar (11,100 ft), taking in breathtaking views along the way.  The first 2.5 hours were easy going with a stop for lunch near the river.  After lunch we set off for another 2.5-3 hours of trekking up a steep trail taking us the majority of the 2,500 ft elevation changes to Namche Bazaar.  Throughout the day, we traversed five rickety bridges over ravines, rivers, etc., holding our breath each time we stepped over the threshold (especially with the yaks and mules bouncing the bridges in front of or behind us)!  We arrived in Namche Bazaar safe and sound; with only minor injuries sustained (Ryan has a blister on his heal). 

We look forward to a bright and early rising tomorrow to try to beat the crowds on the trail – thanks Tendi Sherpa for being so accommodating!!!!

Carisa and Ryan
Carisa - way to Namche
Way to Namche
Pema Diki and Carisa on the bridge
at Namche Bazar