Everest Base Camp - Day 11 (Namche Bazaar - Lukla)
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Today we had to cover in one day going down what we had in two days going up (Lukla -> Phakding -> Namche Bazaar). Good thing we were going down (for the most part) and that we were much lower in altitude than what we had been at for most of the last week. Morale was pretty high as this was the last trekking day and everyone was feeling much better overall (although several of us, myself included, had the dreaded Khumbu Cough). The start was the steep descent from from Namche down to the Dudh Kosi. We blazed down the switchbacks not needing the rest breaks that plagued us on the ascent last week although our knees did beg for a few respites on the way down. Continued down the valley, across the suspensions bridges, through Monjo and out of Sagarmatha NP.
We stopped for lunch in Phakding about 4 hours after leaving Namche. By comparison it took us 6.5 hours up to Namche (7.5 or so with a lunch stop). Big difference. After lunch we finished the trek back to Lukla. Some moderate uphill at the end and a few of us went and got all snappy almost speed walking the last few kilometers into town. Finally into Lukla after about a 7 hour day.
What else is there to do on the last night of a big trek. Celebration, of course!!! And Lukla caters to the last night trekking crowd quite well for being a remote town. A few bars offer Happy Hours which we gamely took part in prior to dinner. Back to the tea house for dinner (with some more drinks), before finally back out to hit the bars for a bit more after dinner. I did learn one thing. Never try to outdrink an Australian especially at 2800m (9186 ft). Not that I was particularly trying to but I ended up drinking a bit too much for the evening before we headed back to our lodge to sleep things off prior to our early morning flight in the morning back to Kathmandu.