Day 2 of our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp was a hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, the largest village on our trek and a major resupply point for trekkers and climbers. It is amazing to see so many people from all over the world sharing the same experience. We have talked to people from Australia, Germany, Ireland, India, and Iran. I am certain that this is only a small sampling of the nationalities represented.
Unfortunately the quality and availability of WiFi varies greatly and this impacts the ability to share pictures. When possible I will include pictures, but for now the blog posts will not include pictures. If possible I will retroactively upload photos when the coverage improves.
We woke up to beautiful views of Thamserku, a 21,712’ peak. This single mountain, which seems to be average for the Himalayan range, is still 1400’ higher than the highest mountain in North America, Denali. As we passed through many small villages during the day, we encountered Nepalese families living their lives. We had fun greeting the children who were outside playing and doing chores, and we enjoyed sharing some of the gifts we brought along.
After lunch, we began the climb up to Namche Bazaar which lies at 11,283’. The climb included crossing a very high suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. All I can say is you better not be too afraid of heights when crossing a 3’ wide metal bridge supported by steel cables that sways and bounces with all the people crossing.
We will spend a couple days in Namche Bazaar to help with acclimatization for the days ahead when we go to even higher altitudes. So far, everyone is doing great and feeling strong… I’m sure a result of our serious pre-trek training.