Everest Base Camp Trek: Exploring Around Namche

Posted by: Linden Mallory | March 18, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Taking advantage of the clear weather this morning we took a day hike above Namche. The steep steps right out of the door of the tea-house quickly got hearts pumping and we climbed out of the cold morning shadow in Namche into the morning sun above. The trail we followed ascends steeply up the hillside, making dozens of short switchbacks as it gains the flat plateau above. By the time we arrived the top, at over 12,000’, we were breathing hard, feeling the effects of the new elevation. Thankfully, the trail flattened out and walked across the gentle plateau through clusters of juniper trees and fields of grass cropped short by grazing yaks.

We reached the edge of the broad bench of Namche and were greeted to incredible views of the mountains higher up the valley. Hardly a cloud hung in the sky and we could clearly see Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Taboche, and Cholatse - all famous peaks of the region. Above them all stood Everest, it’s recognizable triangular summit hanging in the sky above. The winds in the upper mountains were blowing strongly this morning and the peaks had plumes of blown snow trailing off their summits and ridges. We gazed out at the mountains for a bit and then continued walking to the Everest View Hotel where we found a seat on the back patio and treated ourselves to a cup of tea while enjoying the views.

Afterward, we continued on to the village of Khumjung, a large village near Namche and where the Sir Edmund Hillary School is located - serving kids all over the region. The school was quiet since they are in the midst of their final exams but a few young boys were outside playing in the school grounds. We passed through the school and made our way back along a stone lined trail to the edge of the bench above Namche and dropped back down into town, completing a large loop.

We spent the afternoon back in Namche, taking advantage of the down time to grab a hot shower, track down an espresso at the local bakery, and peruse the many small shops on Namche.

Tomorrow we leave Namche and head further up the valley to the village of Deboche.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

The team walking along the trail today with Everest and Lhotse in the background.  Photo: Linden Mallory Team Photo at the Everest View Hotel - great views today!  Photo: Linden Mallory

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I am with you guys every step of the way.  I love the details.  I did Annapurna BC last year and plan to do EBC & Island Peak in 2013.  TREK-ON!

Posted by: Dan on 3/19/2012 at 9:50 am

You all look so comfortable in the Khumbu - I say face east and take a left at base camp and head up the mountain!! Linden- your write-ups make me feel as if I am there with you all, sans the altitude. Girls- keep well and have FUN! Renee- right behind you so trek on. Richmond is warm and all the trees are blooming- pollen city soon. LOVE to you all plus Linden and Jeff.

Posted by: Elsie on 3/19/2012 at 4:56 am

Shout out to Laura—so glad to hear all is going well!!  Good luck on the high stuff.  Namaste!!!  Beth

Posted by: Beth on 3/19/2012 at 4:39 am

Mom,
Great picture on the balcony/patio of tea house. You all look great! And so glad to hear you all tracked down local espresso - girls after my own heart. So proud of you! Stay warm and safe! Miss you! Xoxo

Posted by: Courtney on 3/18/2012 at 6:05 pm

Congrats and very proud of you all!  All is well here.  Stay warm and know we love you.

Posted by: John on 3/18/2012 at 4:49 pm

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