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Asia » Nepal » Namche November 19th 2018

We spent last night in a room in the basement as the rest of the lodge was full. It was warmer than where we have been but being below the kitchen got noisy quite early. Whilst annoying to wake up earlier than planned we at least got to join Bart for breakfast before he headed off to Lukla to catch his flight tomorrow. After a leisurely breakfast (of giant apple pancake) we got out the map and planned a walk for today. Despite the fact Namche is once again in the cloud today we decided to go for a wonder. The walk we picked was a 4-5 hour tour of the local villages. Stephen first had to fix his shoes as the soles have now more or less disintegrated. We headed off towards The Everest ... read more
Tea time!

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 18th 2018

Lumde is in the bottom of a valley and so gets the sunlight later in the morning. No sunshine through the windows or fire during breakfast made it a very chilly start despite the fact it was warmer than it has been higher up. We started off around 8am and I was relieved when we finally reached the sunshine. The next couple of villages we reached are traditional Sherpa villages. They had large, walled fields and stone houses. They were large and only had one or two teahouses. It was good to see somewhere that wasn’t relying on tourism for its income. We reached Thame around 1030am. It’s a pretty village sitting on a plateau surrounded by mountains - the situation is lovely. Unfortunately it was badly affected by the earthquake and most of the buildings ... read more
Crossing a frozen river
Maralung village
Thambuteng village

Asia » Nepal » Namche October 22nd 2016

Lobuche - Pangboche Start of the trek back, can't say I am not glad that we are headed to warmer altitudes with more air. Also given that fact that we did manage to reach top of Kala Patthar had made the mood jolly. It will mostly be retracing our steps, and given that we had great clear days on the way up here, most photos have already been taken. So now the full focus will be to gather all the remaining strength and trek down as fast as possible. Due to not stopping at Gorekshep, we had also gained day. I was thinking of what could be done with this day - trek to Ama Dablam base camp, or take longer higher route towards Namche, not sure. First order of business is to go down to ... read more
Pangboche lodge
Namche lodge
Namche

Asia » Nepal » Namche October 13th 2016

Day 1: Our guide picked us up from bright and early to take the flight to Lukla. The airport was kind of a chaos but the guide handled everything. The flight was an hr or so late, but no one was bothered. When we were taken to the plane, it was a small, reminded me of one I took in Alaska. That was a harrowing VERY cold flight. I was a bit apprehensive now. It was like a 9 seater, I sat in and stuffed my bag under the seat. The steward gave us toffees and cotton to stuff in the ear for the noise. The flight was thankfully uneventful. I was sitting on the wrong side, so did not really see the mountains approaching, just the valley below. It was a scene which I thought ... read more
Hanging bridge
Everest
Everest View Hotel

Asia » Nepal » Namche October 8th 2016

I boarded my flight from Newark and landed in New Delhi, 14 hours later. I was jet lagged and it didn’t help that I got into an argument with the bus conductor, while traveling from terminal 3 to terminal 1 of the airport, to see my parents. But everything ended well, thanks to some airport officials. I got to see my parents, we had dinner and headed to the hotel. I spent the next two days in Gurgaon, meeting some people and spending more time with my parents. The third day, we flew to Kathmandu, Nepal. The flight was smooth and there was no problem with the immigration, with our Indian passports. I was still jet lagged and had caught a cold the day I landed in Nepal. Hence, spending time in Kathmandu, was important for ... read more
Air base at Lukla.
Mountains, trees and a river - a common sight
Somewhere on the way.

Asia » Nepal » Namche March 11th 2016

The public bus swayed precariously along the roadside. We had swung past a slow moving truck, and just got back to our side of the road as an oncoming truck came barreling towards us. The road snaked along side the mountain, sometimes sinking all the way down to the valley, and sometimes climbing all the way to the top. For much of the journey, the bus was crammed full of people, some hanging out the sides and Nepali music blasting from a speaker near the driver. Statistically, the bus from Kathmandu to Jiri has a higher fatality rate than the more common, and more expensive, flight to Lukla. Jiri was my destination. The trip had been on the bucket list for a while and now was finally underway. My ultimate goal was to hopefully reach Everest ... read more
Near Lamjura Pass
A Helping Hand
Local

Asia » Nepal » Namche September 22nd 2014

Phakding 20/9 We awoke at 4:30 to leave for 5:30. We went to this mad little airport dribhuvan, that was under construction. Our bags got checked twice, and we got body checked. Ladies had to go through separate ways to the men, this was odd. Our plane to Lukla was tiny and somehow I ended up in the middle front seat behind the pilots, overlooking the control instruments. Eeek doesn't even come close! The plane was so small I was scared but the flight was fine. I was in between Karen and Mike, coincidence......? I've seen Mt Everest for the first time today thanks to my seat position. It's beautiful. The landing was perfect but I was literally looking straight at it and from up high it looks about 10m long so was pretty scary! Through ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche March 19th 2014

15-19 March Days 11-15 Dragnag(4700m) to Phortse Thanga(3680m) to Namche Bazaar(3440m) to Pakding(2610m) to Lukla(2840m) to Kathmandu Today, the 15th of March, of all days, was our 6th wedding anniversary. We are due to be dropping 1000m in vertical elevation during around a 7 hour hike. We would pass through both Machhermo and Dhole, towns we had previously spent the night. Physically and mentally we were not in the greatest mood to be trekking, exhausting the last of our energy, in the frigid temperatures. But up here, you really have no choice. It’s either walk out of here for days on end, or pay probably around $6k a head to be choppered out to Kathmandu. On a 12 month slackpacking budget, we rightfully chose the former. We noticed that over the course of the past week ... read more
donkey train on the suspension bridge
Ama Dablam views
last view point of Ama Dablam

Asia » Nepal » Namche March 15th 2014

abstieg nach namche heute geht es früh von pheriche nach namche, über thengboche. wir wussten, es wird mühsam, weil einige steile bergauf stückchen in der strecke enthalten sind, aber es war noch viiiel mühsamer! erschwerend haben wir uns vorgenommen, in namche pizza essen zu gehen, also wollten wir kein lunch brak am weg machen. der weg zieht sich eeewig dahin, um jede kurve blinzeln wir, in der hoffnung namche zu entdecken…aber es dauert und dauert und dauert und dann… eeendlich kommt namche in weiter ferne, aber zumindest erkennbar, in sicht. wie ferngesteuert, völlig ausgehungert, rennen wir (ok, wir schlurfen eher) der pizzeria entgegen! und dann: hat sie geschlossen!!! völlig deprimiert schleppen wir uns durch namche, bis wir schließlich eine andere pizzeria finden. es mag wie ein sakrileg wirken, pizza in nepal zu bestellen, aber wir fühlen ... read more
unsere kalten nächte
namche bazar

Asia » Nepal » Namche March 12th 2014

We rose early, keen to smash the climb to Namche Bazaar in the face. It would be our first taste of altitude, and a real test of our extensive training! We trekked from Josale, at about 2800m, to 3400m in just a few painful hours - oh the relief to come around the side of the mountain and see Namche nestled on the hill side! We were advised to stay awake for the afternoon (not an easy feat), so we found a bar showing a doco on the 50th anniversary of scaling Mt Everest - hard to believe Ed Hillary and Tenzin Norgay could accomplish such a climb with basic equipment and no path to follow! Nowadays climbers still spend a minimum of 2 months acclimatising from Base Camp up and down the mountain to Camp ... read more
Up and up to Namche
Our lodge in Namche
Village of Khunde, 3800m




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