WILDERNESS MEDICAL SOCIETY EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK 2019
28 March 2019 Trek From Phakding to Namche
Six o’clock comes early! We received our polite knock on door of rooms at the Sherpa Lodge and were greeted by our friendly guides bearing hot sweet tea and warm wash water. If you have to get up that early… that’s the way to do it!
We assembled in the breakfast room for a tasty breakfast and marveled at the clear skies and snowy himal. Before the hike we got the group together for a photo shoot. The Sherpa Lodge and snow peaked mountain and morning light all combining to make for an amazing photo session. We got a chance to cut loose at the end of the session for ‘crazy pic’ – which we’re hoping was recorded for posterity.
Soon after we were on trail. With 800m of elevation to gain and many kilometers to cover, ‘Bistary’ was the buzz word. We couldn’t have asked for a better trekking day though—clear skies, light wind to keep us cool, and views in all directions. Our progress was slow and steady with some welcome breaks being provided by long chains of mules and djokyu. On the trail, Christian was lucky enough to pet a mule, Jess went photo crazy (1 photo per 10 step ratio), Jenna took an interest in local permaculture and soil fertilization, Roderick soldiered on with a nagging cough like a trooper, and all the way along our guides looked out for each and every one of us.
Just after lunch we had our first glimpse of Chomolungma! Her peak just visible through the trees and along from the valley. A rolling spindrift curled from the summit giving her a epic look. We were all excited to see her and looked forward to seeing more of her.
In the early afternoon, we arrived into Namache. Such a beautiful village! We spun the prayer wheels on our approach and were glad to put our pack down and our feet up. We enjoyed hot showers and good hot food at the Khumbu Lodge and decided to forego the lecture tonight in favor of an early night.
We got the news from Ningma that tomorrow would not be a rest day but an acclimatization day—a full program including a hike to Everest View hotel, a visit to Kunde hospital and at least one lecture. No rest for the wicked, or so they say!