Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Trip Start Mar 27, 2008
Trip End Apr 23, 2008

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Everest View Lodge

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Today most of the overnight guests were heading up to Namche today. We know that we will pass each other as we all trek up the mountain as we each stop for a rest of a meal. Everyone is in good spirits as we gradually all set off.

As I am walking the same route as last year I know what lies ahead of us. The start sees us crossing bridges as we follow the river but again no signs of any snow just dry and dusty.

We see several yaks today some going up with large loads of camping gear others travelling downwards. Again I am fascinated by the equipment that the porters have to carry ( no wonder they have such strong neck muscles). From a selection of photos I took can be seen the type of things that are carried. Meat has to be taken for the market held at Namche Bazaar every Saturday , and building materiel as well as aluminium ladders for the climbers who are going to attempt to reach the top of the world ( Mount Everest). We are puzzled as to why the baskets are shaped as they are and who designed them that way ( has it been patented? ) The T shaped pieces of wood that are carried so they can support the baskets when stationary to take the weight off of their shoulders and backs.

We stopped this time at Jorsale for lunch . I tended to stick to vegetable soup and Bhimsen and Ashok have Dahl Baht. ( I was always amazed at the amount of rice that they eat at every meal.)

At Jorsale we check in at the Sagarmartha National Park entrance  ( I have my own registration card this time ) and entrance permit. We continue towards Namche Bazaar. We cross the rivers of Bhote Koi and Dudh Kose which merge just before we reach Namche Bazaar.

As we entered the town of Namche Bazaar the difference from last year is clearly visible. The frozen waterfall that looked impressive last year is now very small with the area around it no longer white with snow but brown in colour.  There is lots of building work in progress as the locals improve their standard of living including the house in front of The Everest View Lodge where we are staying.

When I went inside the lodge I received a warm welcome from the staff  whom I had met last year and they thanked me for sending the photos of the kitchen staff that I took last year.

During the course of the afternoon the lodge fills up and is almost full with trekkers.
The next day is again an acclimatisation day so we only go for a short walk around Namche and as we need to leave early on Saturday I will not be able to visit the Saturday market as I hoped but may be able to visit Friday afternoon instead.
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