Everest Base Camp - Day 10 (Orsho - Namche Bazaar)
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Last night we agreed to leave Orsho a bit earlier in the morning in an effort to get to Namche at a reasonable time. So we were up for breakfast at 6:30 AM and on the trail a bit after 7:00 AM in the morning. We continued to retrace our steps along the same trails down to Pangboche. Then instead of taking the upper route to Phortse like we did coming up we stayed on the main trail and continued to Tengboche on the south side of the Imja Khola. This actually made for some tough walking because leaving Pangboche we descended to cross the river at 3700m (12139 ft) then had to climb back up to Tengboche at 3860m (12664 ft). And this wasn't the only down and up we did today.
Explored the monastery grounds for about 45 minutes, walking through what is hailed as the highest religious site in the world. Visiting the monastery "requires" a small donation to enter the buildings but is well worth the very modest expense (100-250 Rupees was suggested to us which is only a bit over one to three US dollars). Here's a place where one can find some more information on the monastery and surrounding area - http://www.tengboche.org/
From Tengboche we proceeded down once again to the river (this time the Dudh Kosi just south of its confluence with the Imja Khola). It was a 600m descent to Phungi Thanga which at 3250m (10662 ft) is the lowest section of the trail north of Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar was a welcome site. Seemed like the big city after the last week. I revelled in my first shower in 10 days (last shower was on 4/17 before we left Kathmandu the second time for Lukla).
Had some time to wander about town again, checked e-mail and the like quickly, and then the card games picked back up in earnest as everyone was feeling much better at the lower altitudes (we were 1 mile lower than yesterday morning, almost 1.5 miles if you count Kala Pattar as well). We even stayed up for a bit after dinner making it until a bit after 9:00 PM before heading to bed. What a bunch of rebels we are!!!