Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Arrives at Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Linden Mallory | March 17, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

We hit the trail early this morning, contouring along the hillsides of the gradually narrowing valley, occasionally crossing back and forth above the Dudh Kosi River on long suspension bridges. After a couple of hours of walking we hit the entrance to Sagamartha National Park, the park that encompasses the upper region of the Khumbu Valley, including Mt. Everest.

After pausing for tea and snacks, we tackled the big climb of the day - the 2,500’ ascent up mountain side to reach the village of Namche Bazaar. The ascent is a series of switchbacks and long traverses through pine forest. Being south facing it is typically very hot and dusty but by the time we reached the climb, clouds were forming and kept the temperatures very comfortable. Everyone hiked well, making good time up the trail and by mid afternoon we rounded the corner and walked into Namche Bazaar.

Situated at 11,300’ in a shallow drainage perched on the hillside, Namche is the center of trade and commerce for the upper portion of the Khumbu Valley. It’s location at the convergence of several trade routes - some all the way to Tibet - and the fresh water springs in its heart made it a meeting grounds many centuries ago and it remains the largest town in the region today. The entire town is built in a series of horseshoe shaped terraces up the hillside. At over 11,000’, it is easy to feel the altitude when just walking around. We walked through Namche’s narrow streets to our teahouse and arrived just as the clouds began letting occasional snowflakes fall from the sky.

We are heading out on a day hike tomorrow to several villages nearby before returning for Namche for the evening. The group is in great spirits and more than eager to check out the offerings of Namche’s many shops tomorrow afternoon when we return.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

The team trekking this morning. Photo: Linden Mallory Arriving into Namche this afternoon. Photo: Linden Mallory

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Comments

I am with you guys every step in spirit.  So exciting.  I am planning to do this trek and climb in 2013.  I did the Annapurna BC trek in 2011 and I did the fly-by of the Khumbu area.  I love reading your dispatches.  Trek-On!

Posted by: Dan on 3/18/2012 at 2:43 pm

Stay strong ladies!  Glad to hear that everyone is healthy and doing well.  Savor the experience!

Posted by: Daniel LeBey on 3/18/2012 at 6:53 am

GREAT JOB EVERYONE, STAY STRONG IN HEART & SPIRIT. THEN U WILL BE REWARDED MANY TIMES OVER..BE WISE & STAY SAFE..YOUR BIGGEST FAN, DOREEN. TO THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN ON EARTH, THAT TOUCHES THE HEAVEN’S AND THE SKY SO BLUE..GOD BLESS ALL!!!

Posted by: Doreen on 3/17/2012 at 9:24 pm

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