Thursday, 8 October 2009

Lukla to Namche Bazaar.

Arriving at Lukla airstrip

The fantasy and the reality: walking in the showers between Phakting and Namche Bazaar. (From L to R : Matt, Dave and Derek)
Namche Bazaar from my bedroom window

We arrived in Lukla two days ago and last night we spent the night at Sun Rise Lodge in the village of Phakting. Today we woke around 6.30 am and enjoyed breakfast at the lodge and then walked up to Namche Bazaar stopping at some of the local tea houses for drinks and at Jorassale we stopped for a Dhal Bhat meal.
We were fortunate enough to arrive in Namche before the heavy rain started, but umbrellas are coming in quite handy. Its mild and warm so to ware waterproofs in the rain as one walks just makes it hot and uncomfortable.
Our plans are to spend two nights here as we have gained more than 1000 meters today, and Namche Bazaar is at an altitude of around 3500 meters depending on which lodge one stays at! So, at this altitude the first signs of high latitude can become visible so all humans need to hang out here for a couple of nights for our bodies to catch up with the rarefied air!

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