Hello everyone out there -
it's Fiona here. We're having a very relaxing day here in Namche - our first
rest (acclimatisation) day for the trip.
So far, all doing well with
Getting to Naamche is one of the times when climbers and trekkers are
susceptible to the effects of altitude as it's a relatively big jump. But so
far, Chris, Bridget, Paul and I are all doing very well. You can certainly
feel that the air is thinner when walking up the many stairs in town, but we
all slept well, don't have headaches, and certainly have our appetites. A
couple of people in our team felt a bit under the weather yesterday but seem
to be much better today.
When we arrived yesterday, the clouds had come in by the time we got here so
we didn't really get a good appreciation of our surrounds. We woke this
morning to a beautiful clear sky, fresh air and amazing peaks surrounding the
natural basin that Namche is built within. The whole town is terraced with
stone walls dividing the small potato fields, homes, tea houses, and shops.
The height of the mountains
around us seems incredible from here - they're just towering above us on all
sides. But as the highest is around (only!) 6600 metres, it's quite daunting
to think that Everest is more than 2 kilometres taller again. Oh well, I guess
we'll just keep taking it one step at a time and focus on reaching basecamp in
We went for a walk around
town and took in many of the local activities. Yaks carrying loads right
through town (their jangling bells let everyone know they're coming), the
clinking of probably 30 men chipping away at rocks to make bricks for new
buildings, women tending to their fields and washing clothes outside, and lots
of kids playing. Our team is camped in an area just above town, right near the
police station. In the middle of our campground is a helicopter which crashed
there around 4 months ago - very strange.
A busy agenda - market &
As we climbed up around 800 meters yesterday in altitude, today is a scheduled
rest day. This morning we visited the Saturday market - this is the main
trading place for the whole region and goods are brought in from many days
walk away. (We may not have mentioned that there are no roads or vehicles here
- everything is carted around either by porter or yak.) The market was very
colorful - lots of vegetables, spices, pots and pans, fabrics, groceries, and
even Nike shoes.
We then visiteded the Sherpa
museum which included an original Sherpa home and a photo gallery of the local
Sherpas, and of Everest climbs.
As I write this, we're
sitting at a café having just finished another lunch of pizzas and with a plan
to road test the remaining bakeries we didn't get to in the morning. If we
feel very energetic, we may pull out the cards a bit later.
Better get back to the
sunshine, tea and cards now.
Bye for now, Fiona
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