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Everest Base Camp-Day 4

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Khyangjuma (3,550m)


We left Namche Bazaar on the clearest of clear days. The sun was shining and the sky was as blue as we’ve ever seen – our luck continued.


Our first climb of the morning led us to the world famous Hotel Everest View which does exactly what it says on the tin. At one time it offered pressurised rooms, in an attempt to prevent altitude sickness for the rich and famous flying directly from Kathmandu – a practise that has now thankfully stopped.

It was here, whilst drinking tea, that we first met an affiable Singaporean called Charles. Charles was to become a friend and was sadly evacuated from Gorak Shep, the last point of civilisation before reaching Base Camp. 

Charles, Dirk and Fleur


The route from Namche Bazaar to Khyangjuma was a short and relatively easy one so Rabin took us on a detour to see the Yeti skull we’d heard so much about at a monastery in the village of Khumjung. Khumjung is also home to the Hillary School established by Sir Edmund in 1961. Unfortunately the monastery was closed so we set off to explore the neighbouring village of Khunde instead.       

 

                                          
A short while later we passed Kunde Hospital . Built in 1966 the hospital continues to play a major role in the area’s all too frequent disasters. 10 minutes and a small climb further along the path we arrived at Khunde monastery. Home to around 10 resident monks and beautifully decorated with brightly coloured murals and pictures of the Dali Lama it was well worth the detour.

Khyangjuma

We made a small donation before setting off on our way back through Khumjung – the Yeti Skull monastery was still closed!


The third tea house of our trek was the best so far. A draught proof room with stunning panoramic mountain views and en-suite toilet made us very happy – it didn’t take much at this point! We ate our evening meal in the company of the friendly family running the lodge who then treated us to popcorn and “Into Thin Air’‘ (unbelievably they had a TV), a film adaptation of the David Krakauer book about the tragic 1996 Everest disaster . The book is good – the film is not! 

 

Interestingly one of the family guests eating with us was at Everest Base camp working as a chef when the disaster struck. Unfortunately his English wasn’t good enough for an in depth chat about his experiences.

 

 

Sunset brought the most spectacular view of the day and joined by the tea house couple we watched a picture perfect display of pinks, oranges and reds grazing the snow capped peaks of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other Himalayan mountains.


It was a magical end to a brilliant day.

Red sky at night…

Fingers crossed for more of the same tomorrow


Day 4 GALLERY

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Kateopie

    Oh no, sounds miserable in Cornwall, I could lie and say it is here too, but at the moment we’re on the school trip in the south of Nepal and it’s HOT! If it makes you feel any better we’re back to the village in a few days where there’s snow! We’ll soon be back to our compost toilet, bucket shower and sub zero temperatures – that’ll probably make you feel better! Glad you’re liking the blogs and that they’re making you happy, we aim to please….. Apart from the weather hope all’s good in Kernow land?! Hope you can come out to play at some point – We miss you guys Xx

  2. uncle dave

    I omitted the word “awe” as in “I’m in”

  3. uncle dave

    I’m in , what a fantastic adventure, and the photos are brilliant,

  4. Ian Scott

    Hi you two
    Both me and Jules reading your blog,sat in bed having a cuppa,dark outside windy and raining,typical February .NOT looking forward to work.Still,the blog cheered us up.Fab
    Keep them coming.
    Xx

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