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Asia » Nepal » Namche November 24th 2012

We catch up with out first large group or groups of trekkers - ahead on the trail is snake of some 30-40 trekkers, which much also be going to Tengboche or further. Also on the trail are the usual porters carrying impossibly heavy loads and lots more Yaks - some of which seem to be a bit on the unruly side. One of the early lessons imparted to us from our Guide Leader, is when Yaks, Donkeys or other 4 legged beasts of burden are coming to pass, stand to the inside of the mountain and wait. Given some of the large drops down the valley on the other side, it is sound advice taken by all of us. Better a wooly Yak rolls of the cliff edge than some unfortunate Gortex clad trekker.... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 24th 2012

The mornings work is mainly all downhill, so I am using my trekking poles for the first time in Nepal. Using trekking poles can reduce 20-30% of the weight put on the knees and legs - and given my weight thats a lot of help!! I come to rely on my trekking poles every day hereafter, and are one of the pieces of kit that I can safely say helped a huge amount. Another surprising fact about trekking in the Himalaya is that it is very very dusty - well certainly the trails are. One of purchases I made in Namche was a thin neck scarf - good for robbing banks (but not in the Himalaya are there dont seem to be many) - but better at keeping the dust out of your throat especially when ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 24th 2012

After a few hours of trekking downhill we reach Phungi Thanga, a small village at the foot of the valley and our crossing point for the Dudh Kosi River for last time on the journey to EBC. It was a good point to stop for lunch, albeit a little earlier than usual, as it gave us time to prepare ourselves for the 2-3 hours of solid uphill climb ahead of us to reach Tengboche. Lunch was fairly uninspiring, as was the teahouse it was served from, and was particularly cold. I think we all were glad to get our rucksacks on and start walking again after lunch to warm - something which 20 mins later we probably disagreed with given the arduous nature of the climb we were already on. Given how warm Namche was, the ... read more
Clouds rolling in

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 23rd 2012

The mornings trek took us out of sight of Namche village and past the airstrip. If Lukla airstrip looked dodgy, this one wins the Gold medal for scariness.... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 23rd 2012

We spot our first Yak and move in for some photos. The Yak isn’t keen on this and goes wild. I run for the nearest thing I can find – a flagpole. Thankfully the herder gets control of the unhappy Yak and another bovine disaster is avoided.... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 23rd 2012

Walking a little further uphill across a dry grassy area we emerge onto a plateau with the most incredible views. This was what out guide leader has promised us and he certainly delivered. In the distance could be seen Mount Everest (in the centre left with the cloud coming from its peak), Lhotse and Ana Dablam – three of the most famousHimalayapeaks – all in one magnificent vista. We spent about an hour here taking photos after photos in awe of the incredible views.... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 23rd 2012

Which one is the more impressive - me or the mountain?... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 23rd 2012

Probably is. After a long drink, we reluctlantly headed back down into Namche. We would be seeing Ana Dablam and Everest again soon. After leaving Namche in the morning I dont expect to be back here for another week - a week of no showers, no internet, lots of hard walks and I am hoping even better views. This is my last blog until then....... read more

Asia » Nepal » Namche November 23rd 2012

We will see Ana Dablam many times over during the next few days as she marks the skyline to our right.... read more




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