First night in the Khumbu… I slept from 10 PM to 3:30 AM, still getting over my jet lag.It was amazing to lie there in the dark, listening to the Dudh Kosi rushing below the tea house.Outside, it was intensely cold, and very clear—the storm had passed!
Nice breakfast, then on the trail.Perfect, spectacular weather, a complete change from yesterday.Evidence of the quake, but again lots of rebuilding and progress.
We arrived at the park gate after a few minutes, and checked in with the authorities.This provided a great chance for a team photo.
Down to the river again, where the trail meandered through beautiful farming country, and crossed a couple of cable bridges.
The most beautiful bridge is the double bridge… just as last year, we crossed the top one, with striking views up and down the valley.
The bridge marks the beginning of a hill that rises about 1,500 feet to the town of Namche.I recall feeling tuckered out by this section last year, but not today.In fact, these two days so far have felt very different to me.Maybe it’s the training… or maybe it’s my attitude, which is far more relaxed this time.I know exactly what to expect, and that allows me to focus on the moment and enjoy the hike.Regardless, it is a beautiful trail that leads to Namche.
Along the way, we stopped at the same viewpoint we used last year.A perfect view of Everest.More snow on the summit block than last year, no doubt about it.Reassuring and fulfilling to lay eyes on her again.This is why we are here… This will be awesome.
We were also delighted to meet some old friends on the trail: Nima Karma, Sherpa Fura, and Tshering Paldourche.Being here feels more and more like coming home, in a way.
Namche is in great shape, which is so reassuring.This region was hit hard by the second quake in particular (May 12, 2015), and some structures did not survive.But, most did, and there has clearly been lots of construction activity since then: Things seem to be in excellent order.In fact, some things seem even better than before, such as the beautiful water-driven prayer wheels now under construction.
The Khumbu Lodge is our home for the next couple of days.Tomorrow will be a planned rest day.I am looking forward to it.
Fit and well.
Word of the day: Righteous
posted: March 30, 2016
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