Hi all - Hiked up to Debuche
Yaks have right of way on the
Hi, its Chris here. Today we
walked from Namche to Debuche. The hardest part was a 600m climb through
rhodedendren forest from the river up to Tengboche, which is a small town
famous for its monastary and fantastic 360 degree views of the increasingly
We had also heard that the world's highest bakery was at Tengboche so we were
pretty keen to get to the top. We ended up agreeing that the bakery scored 2
out of 10 for its donuts, -2 out of 10 for its fruit cake, and the cinnamon
scrolls were not rateable because we didn’t have a hammer to break them into
bite size portions! Fiona drew the short straw and went in to return the
cinnamon scroll, which was swapped for a donut no problems, but the rock hard
scroll was put straight back on the shelf for the next person.
Its Bridget here - we're now settled at our lodge drinking hot lemon tea.
Debouche is only 20 minutes down the hill from Tengboche, but for the first
time we've had to walk through mud left by melting snow. There's likely to be
lots of mud from now on. It was pretty slippery, but no casualties amongst us
4 so far. Tomorrow is another acclimatisation day, and we will be back up at
Tengboche at 8am to see its main attraction (monks service at the monastery
that is, not the bakery!). We also have to finish a game of 500 we started in
Namche, Chris and I are about to complete a stunning comeback to beat Paul and
And so another enjoyable days
walk is behind us. It was pretty dusty at times, especially when the yak
trains pass, but we have bandannas over our faces a lot of the time which cuts
the dust and warms the air. Yet another piece of trekking fashion!!
Our porter Passang
We are enjoying our porter, Passang's company. It has been strange for us to
get used to someone carrying our bag. From these 3 weeks he will earn about
half of the average Nepali annual salary, and is using it to go to English
school in Kathmandu. Passang means Friday - most Nepalese are named after the
day of the week on which they were born. He is teaching us some Nepali (at
which we are appallingly bad) and card games. If we look concerned about
crossing a dodgy suspension bridge, he tells us "Don’t worry chicken curry"!!!
All feeling fine
It's Chris here again. We are all still feeling fine and really enjoying
getting your messages. Don’t worry mum, we put sunscreen on 3 times today!!
Brad and Tracy, we have all
agreed that your new baby should be named Nepali style, so if she comes
tomorrow she should be named Tuesday!
Hope all is well with
everyone at home,
Chris and Bridget
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