It snowed during the night We had one of those weird Himalayan thunderless lightning snow storms during the night–very cool. It felt quite chilly this morning and it was tough to emerge from the comfort of the sleeping bag.
Today saw 2 hours of little climbs, followed by 2 hours of steep climbing, followed by 2 hours of what the Lonely Planet calls “torturous” climbing. That will bring us up 3440 meters and Namche Bazaar.
The morning was gorgeous! Big snowy mountains and pines and rocks and streams and . prayer flags–oh my! I easily took 50 photos before lunch. At Phakting, met up with the hordes who had flown in the previous day. Even with tired muscles, we blew past them all.
Found the first 3 TIMS checkpoints today. The last one, just before Namche, logged iphones and cameras too. Good idea, for those that are lost, but seems difficult to impossible to log. The “torturous” climbing began after crossing a river and walking along it for some time. It was steep! During a rest I met a matching Irish couple fresh out of Daegu. With lots of breaks, the climb wasn’t too overwhelming. As always, seeing vastly over-burdened porters made my own 15 kilo pack feel rather alright.
And we made it to Namche by 2! The snow was melting, so the roofs were just pissing down liquid. We walked through town and found a place, where for the first time Jamie (of the epic snoring) was my roommate. I took a 3 dollar shower that was so hot! Then felt so cold that I put on my thermals and down jacket and climbed into my sleeping bag.
It was still early though, and it was time to explore Namche. BBQ Pringles and a cinnamon roll were acquired, and I spent 300 on wifi Expensive Day! Not as impressed with Namche as I thought I’d be, but it is rather pretty.
For the first time tonight, there were other people in the dining room. Played some up the river, down the river (aka screw your neighbor), asshole, and introduced a Canadian guy to Cars Against Humanity, where he was reduced to tears of laughter. Will go down to the river for laundry tomorrow. And now for some sweet, sweet sleep.
From / To: Ghat to Namche Bazaar
Elevation: 3440 meters
Lodge: Everest Hotel
Budget: 1700 rupees