After a long and restful sleep in Khumjung we departed for the village of Namche. Following long hikes on the previous two days we enjoyed a comparatively mellow day. We walked past the Hillary school on the outskirts of Khumjung and started a steady climb up a long set of stone steps leading to a hill above the village. From the top of this hill we soaked in our last views of Mt. Everest in its full, glorious three dimensions. We all took photographs of Everest and milled about before descending into Namche. As the journey from Khumjung to Monjo was short and predominantly downhill, we took our time in Namche. Each of us took time to shop, visit bakeries and coffee shops, and/or relax in the common area of the tea house where we had lunch. The descent from Namche to the river below was surprisingly arduous as the trail was crowded with other trekking groups and locals ferrying goods to Namche for market. The pack animals encountered on the trail has changed as we’ve travelled to lower elevations. The noble Yak is the choice beast of burden above Tengboche, Zopkyos, a Yak/cow hybrid, are commonly found below Tengboche, and asses are used to carry loads out of Lukla. We saw many asses on our way to Monjo. Departing the tall, majestic peaks of the Everest region today was bittersweet, but with the end of the trek nearing we celebrated our penultimate day on the trail with beers and Pringles potato chips upon arrival at our lodge in Monjo. We shall journey to Lukla on the morrow.