WILDERNESS MEDICAL SOCIETY ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING 2019 SPRING

30 March 2019 Trek From Namche to Tengboche

It’s easy to wake up and get moving early when there’s a frozen waterfall and the Himalayas outside your window. After yet another delicious breakfast we set out from Namche Bazaar (around 9AM). Sadly we left one of our number behind to head back to Kathmandu early. Roderick we’ll miss having you with us!

We trekked along with beautiful valley views in the morning – and saw the famed High Bridge leading to Namche Bazaar waaaaaay below us – before clouds rolled into the valley. We walked along in cozy mist with a nice downhill and learned a traditional trekking song from Pawan, one of the Everest ER doctors traveling up to base camp with us. I would butcher the spelling in Nepali but the gist in English is “I wish I was a cotton ball that could float over the mountains, clear to the top and over the mountains.” Lunch was Dhal Bat in the valley next  to the Milk River before we climbed a steep 2 hours to the town of Tengboche. The bakery here is supposed to be delicious – we’ll see what fresh baked goods it holds in the morning. Many of us visited the Tengboche Monastery during free time before our CME lecture.  It’s the largest and most active monastery in Khumbu and has been through multiple earthquakes and a fire.

While we were all out playing and exploring after tea, we had no idea that one of our japyak porters (a yak-cow crossbreed)  had stopped at the river at lunch time and was unable to come up the mountain. Mingmar, one of our guides, went back down to the river with one of the porters and brought the missing bags all the way back up! And he swears he isn’t tired, but I sure am. 9 miles closer to base camp and enjoying every step.

Lauren Nystrom