Friday, May 08, 2009

Namaste from Namche Bazaar

The trek from Lukla to Phakding was a warm-up of what the trail is like.  Stunning scenery and amazing people.  Yesterday's trek from Phadking to Namche Bazaar was very challenging, brutal even, some might say.  We had a 3500 ft elevational change.
Everyone did ok, but we're all feeling it today.  Steve became very ill with trail trots,which totally wiped him out for the last 1500 feet.  Two sherpas helped get him through this challenged.  By the time it was all said and done, he had hypothermia to boot.  We stopped at a tea house to warm him up and let him rest before tackling the last 300 feet.  He's doing much, much better today.
We have two nights here for acclimatization.  The scenery is absolutely stunning.  No other words can describe it.  I don't know when I'll have a chance to do my next update, but I'll try again when I have a chance.  So far, so good, with some minor mishaps.
One note - getting used to squat toilets that are basically open-pit toilets with hay, takes a bit of getting used to.  So does dodging the piles of yak dung along the trail.  You not only have to watch your step for the rocks, but also for the dung.  What fun!  Next stop - Tenboche monastery.

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