The sky was dull, it snowed all night, 40cm. The
sky rips open at 9 am, I decide to start for Khumjung. Apa's wife gives me a
fortune scarf and a wollen hat as a goodbye, then I go. I quickly pass the
group of trekkers who has left prior me. Just by accident I transfer a wall of
mani-stones vice versa and suddenly I run across a man, who established an
embankment of mud in order to keep the melting water from his house. I
immediately recognize him. It is Furba Sherpa, he joined us last year at the
expedition. He invites me for a cup of tea. From the rear room, converted to a
monastery, a monk reads prayers without interruption, items of expeditions all
over, like at home, I think myself. We exchange expedition news for this year
and conclude to meet again in the base camp. He gives me a second fortune
scarf and I move further. The weather looks menacing, but it appears that
there is always a sunny window above me, in between the darkness with
occasional thunders. Just in front of Namche I turn off the beaten snow mud
path, without loosing height I desire to ascent via the mountain back to
Syangboche. It turns out to be much more difficult than expected. I pass a
terrain without paths, climb upon stonewalls and big stone blocks, jump from
stone to stone. Then I approach the path to Namche. More precisely I continue
via a combination of a small river's bed, snow mud and mud. Right after
Syangboche the sun disappears finally, but I do not fail the beaten path the
school children use from Namche to Khumjung. After three hours walking I
arrive in Khumjung, 2200 kcal burnt. I am pleased.
We visit the monastery, I am excited to see the scalp of the Yeti.
Against a donation the metal closet is opened by the Lama. It looks
unimpressive, investigations in America expose the scalp as an imitation. This
does not affect the legend hereof. I am more impressed by three human scalps,
containing butter for ceremonial purposes.
We continue to Khunde hospital, founded by the Edmund Hillary´s Himalayan
Trust. The citizens of Solokhumbu obtains medical supply for the first time.
Later we ascent a mountain's back up to 4.000m. Ngima, in sandals, slips
frequently and arrives completely mudded. In the evening a German female
trekker appears in the Lodge. She hurt her knee on the way to Thame und
reached the hospital on the back of a Sherpa and a horse. She's got no chances
to keep on trekking, but pain killers and a supporting bond. I hear that the
guide of a well known German expedition agency remains with her group.
Tomorrow he wants to look after her..... The sat phone is helpful, the
relatives are informed directly - there is no phone in the Lodge.
Update 3: Today there is market in Namche. I get up at 6 am, start at 7 and queue
up in the long carrier caravan descending to Namche for shopping. Whole Solokhumbu is alive. The day commences without clouds, the deeper we are, less
snow I see, nevertheless the bottom is frozen. We need half an hour to Namche,
which is entirely busy. Shoes, chickens, everything is offered. I supplied
myself with chocolate for the next two weeks. Midday we ascent to Khumjung.
Tommorow we will start the Gokyo-trek.
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