Everest Base Camp - Day 10 (Orsho - Namche Bazaar)

Namche Bazaar Travel Blog

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Descending back below tree line below Orsho.

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.

Back to the south of Ama Dablam once again

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.

Entrance to Tangboche Monastery - quoted as the highest religious building in the world (3860m, 12664 ft)
  Stopped for drinks at a tea house and almost everyone went for a bottle of Sprite as the temps were getting warmer again at the lower altitudes.  We crossed the river and this being the lowest spot on the trail we had to climb again.  This time ascending about 300m to Kyangjuma at 3550m (11647 ft).  Stopped here for lunch and we were back on familiar ground again as we had stopped here for tea about a week ago before heading up the Gokyo trail towards Mong and then Phortse.  After lunch we walked the final 90 minutes or so to Namche turning back for our final views of Ama Dablam and whatever we could see of Everest, Lhotse, and the other mountains through the clouds and haze.

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).

Musk Deer
  The shower cost me 400 Rupees (about $5 US) but that may have made me enjoy it more seeing that I was paying for it.  Hot water is quite scarce on the base camp trek and I just didn't feel like trying to get a shower in the cold either.  A few people took one "bucket" shower in Dingboche but I figured it was just as easy to wait until getting back down.

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!!!

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Descending back below tree line be…
Descending back below tree line b…
Back to the south of Ama Dablam on…
Back to the south of Ama Dablam o…
Entrance to Tangboche Monastery - …
Entrance to Tangboche Monastery -…
Musk Deer
Musk Deer
Building a tea house in Pangboche
Building a tea house in Pangboche
Leaving Pangboche
Leaving Pangboche
Mandala paintings inside the stupa
Mandala paintings inside the stupa
Stupa along the trail outside Pang…
Stupa along the trail outside Pan…
Prayer stones
Prayer stones
Old and new bridges across the Imj…
Old and new bridges across the Im…
Large trees signal we are getting …
Large trees signal we are getting…
Stone trail construction - my gues…
Stone trail construction - my gue…
Musk Deer
Musk Deer
Statues in front of Tangboche Mona…
Statues in front of Tangboche Mon…
A photo of the Buddha in Tangboche…
A photo of the Buddha in Tangboch…
Leaving Tangboche Monastery
Leaving Tangboche Monastery
Lowest point on the trail north of…
Lowest point on the trail north o…
Red flowering rhododendrons.
Red flowering rhododendrons.
White and pink flowering rhodendro…
White and pink flowering rhodendr…
Namche Bazaar at night (taken from…
Namche Bazaar at night (taken fro…
Namche Bazaar
photo by: halilee