Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the high Himalaya and a popular acclimatization stop for trekkers. It’s also one of the few places where trekkers can access the internet.
From Zulfi on Thursday 6 October:
Yesterday, flew from Kathmandu to Lukla – one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Flight was reasonably smooth and landed safely to our surprise and relief.
We then trekked for about 3 hours to our lodge in Phakding. This was alleged to be easy trek but was certainly very testing in places, especially as land slides had made the route pretty slippery and dangerous.
Today we left Phakding for Namche at 7.30am. Boy was this a hard 7 hour trek. We were told it would be hard but could not have imagined how hard. The views were stunning so made up for all the suffering. We are all totally knackered!!!
The thought that kept me going was ‘Harder the climb – better the view!”
We are already at around 3500 meters. It only gets much tougher from here on and will test us mentally and physically.
The team has bonded well together and spirits are still very high!
We are staying at Moonlight lodge and it’s freezing. We are all in fleeces etc and will be in thermals and woolley hats soon!
I am enjoying Dal Bhat with veg (local staple diet) every day, twice a day. This is equivalent to our Veg Thali in England. I’m going to be sick of it soon. LOL :)