My trip to Mount Everest, Nepal in 2010 – part 3
Today we were to climb steeply up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,155ft) the capital of the Khumbu Region.
I caught my first view of the Himalayans snow top peaks.
The path took us along the Dudh Kosi river, and we had to cross it many times.
As we went higher, the wind picked up.
Eventually after climbing Namche Hill, we arrived in Namche Bazaar. I was knackered, but I was glad one of my porters picked me up when he saw me stuggling and put me inside his pocket.
I had a look around this stunning town and I saw many temples and relics.
After a hard day trek up, I was tired so I went to bed early. The next day was a rest day to take in acclimatization.
I woke up the next day, I was happy that today was to be a rest day to take in altitude acclimatization. I decided to go to the market and look at all the stalls.
For lunch I went to wee little Nepali cafe where I had the traditional Momos dish.
I was going to spend the afternoon of my rest day looking around the town. The Himalayan peaks shadows this wee town and the sights were stunning.
I was glad the skies were clear, so that I could get great photographs.
The locals were so pleasent and helpful. I guess they had never seen a cuddly toy visiting these parts before.
I was told by the locals that the first sighting of Mt. Everest is from the view point at the top of the town. It is a forty minute walk so I decided to get my first sighting of Mt. Everest today.
I had a stunning view of the town as I walked up to the view point.
I was at the view point and the town of Namche Bazaar look so small down the slope.
I looked around to see if I could identify Mt. Everest in far distance.
Excited, I grab out my binos to get a close look at the famous peak. It looked very windy and choppy on the summit and I knew that the rest of my trek was going to get difficult.
For the first time in this expedition I had fear! Fear, because I saw the high winds on Mt. Everest and I worried that being only 225 grammes in weight I was going to get blown off the slopes of the mountain. But you know me, I am a tough little cookie.
I headed back to the town as I knew it was going to be another five days before I get to Mt. Everest base camp and I had a long trek before me.
To be continued….