Altitude: 3790 meters
Weather: Fine in the morning, then cloudy
Hi everyone, Beck here,
It was easy getting up early this morning, packing my gear having breakfast as I was looking forward to the day ahead. I am now feeling much better, especially after a rest day in Namche Bazaar, and today we had a morning tea stop planned at The Everest View Hotel!
From Namche Bazaar, we hiked up 250 meters to the airstrip and arrived there just in time to see a helicopter land, drop off wood and roof panels and take on other cargo. We were all really glad that we were wearing our face masks by then, as the landing stirred up so much dust it was like being in a sand storm.
The Everest View Hotel
Two hours after setting out we arrived at The Everest View Hotel. This rather swish hotel boasts spectacular views of Mt Everest and has rooms for US $160 a night, (about 40 times more than what have been paying each night), so we decided to just enjoy the view and a cuppa this time.
The views of Mt Everest and Ama Dablam did not disappoint, but for me being at this hotel was a significant milestone of the trek so far, as I was very impressed by the photo of Paul, Fiona, Chris and Bridget taken here last year.
A short 15 minute walk down the valley from the hotel, we arrived at Khumjung, our base for the night and the home town of our sherpas Ang Nima and Pemba.
I felt quite privileged to be here as the town is slightly off the normal track, and there is nothing like being shown around by locals. We visited the school where both Ang Nima and Pemba went, however unfortunately we arrived on a public holiday and no classes were on.
The school is made up of about 10 separate rooms, and peeking through the windows we could see that they teach science, library and english and other disciplines. We were able to read a job application letter written in English hanging on the wall of the English room. Marg commented that it was of a particularly high standard for ESL.
At the end of our tour of Khumjung, we were taken to meet Ang Nima’s family including his 8 month old baby girl and the home of his mother. His 68 year old mother lives in a traditional 2 storey house in town, where the cattle are kept downstairs and the people live above them. We were greeted by hot lemon tea, and were presented with kata (silk scarves) by the mother. To say thank you for their hospitality, Denise offered to take a photo of Ang Nima and his mother and to later send them a copy. They eagerly accepted and their delight at seeing themselves on the screen was a lovely moment for us all.
Thanks everyone for your support and good wishes.
Ann and Graham, good question about the lodges. Last year Paul and Fiona stayed in tents on the way to BC which was IMG’s decision, but this year as we are not as tough as them, we decided to stay in the relative comfort of lodges.
Well that’s all for now,