Trekking to Everest Base Camp – Phakding to Namche

DAY 4 – 28th April 2013

We woke up at 6am so that we would be ready, fed and on our way by 8am.

As soon as we stepped outside the lodge, on the opposite side, we saw a monolith of rock rising high up into the clouds…our first glimpse of the mountains of the Everest region.

Kongde Peak, rising a blistering 3,780m into the sky.

Today’s destination was Namche. Namche Bazaar is one of the biggest, bustling city located at over 3,000m in that region with solid brick buildings, shops, restaurants, lodges, banks and even night clubs.

We stopped on the way at Jorsale for lunch. The weather has been beautiful for us so far. After lunch we had a hard climb from Jorsale to Namche.

A full 600m ascent.

On the way, we crossed the famous Hillary Bridge which is the highest steel bridge over a river on the way to Namche, dedicated to the memory of Edmund Hillary, the first man to ascend the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953 with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Post his climb, he made numerous trips to Nepal and did a lot for the Sherpa people in terms of community development projects, bringing infrastructure and education to the region.

The uphill climb to Namche felt like it was never ending and totally gruelling. We got to Namche at 4pm that afternoon after a spleen splitting 3-hour climb. The clouds were settling all around us. After we had our dinner, we sat down with Lhakpa in the common dining area and talked about our climb to Island Peak.

We were in bed by 9.30pm that night.

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