Everest Base Camp - Day 3 (Acclimitization Day in Namche Bazaar)

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Namche Bazaar from Above

Today is the first of two acclimitization days on the way to Everest Base Camp.   Due to starting at the higher altitude and spending more time at the higher altitude than on the Annapurna Circuit both of these days were definitely needed.  Since we were at 3440m (11286 ft) by our second night on this trek they were even more critical than the one we took on the Circuit (where we ascended more gradually from lower altitudes).  From Namche we walked higher and then returned to Namche in the evening following the mantra of walk high/sleep low.

First thing in the morning we said goodbye to Scott who was headed back to Lukla.

Shyangboche Airstrip - Apart from the Altitude Sickness issues not sure I'd want to land here anyway.
  He looked much better, but this being a place not to take chances he was understanding, but still quite disappointed.  From there we ascended to Chhorkung a small center just above Namche.  Here there is a Nepali Army Barracks and the Sagarmatha NP HQ and Museum.  The museum had several exhibits and we spent just under an hour exploring the small building that housed this look into the descriptions of the culture, geology, flora and fauna, and history of this amazing region.  Leaving the museum we began the gist of acclimitization hike up to Everest View Hotel at 3880m (12730 ft).

The landscape above Namche started to change significantly.  Where yesterday we hiked up through a thick alpine-like forest of firs and spruce, we entered a zone of scrubby brush and small, stunted trees in this area.

Ama Dablam - 6814m (22355 ft)
  There was also the occasional rhodendron that was flowering in the spring weather.  We passed by Shyangboche Airstrip.  Today this is only serviced by helicopter but previously small aircraft did fly in here bringing tourists into the region.  But the threat of altitude sickness coming to this altitude from lower regions stopped the practice and the strip is in a state of general disrepair.

From the airstrip we continued climbing towards the lodge, and coming around an area of the valley wall , all of a sudden the thumb-like view of Ama Dablam (6814m, 22355ft) rose up into the air in front of us.  Farther back we could even see our first views of Everest and also Lhotse back amidst the clouds.  Everest played with us, never giving a clear view through the clouds and haze, but I had now set my eyes on the highest spot on earth.

Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Peak 38
  Continued on to the Everest View Hotel where we stopped for a short tea break and a few more photos although the views weren't any different than what we had earlier on the trail.

Descended back down to Namche by a slightly different route and had lunch in the lodge before a free afternoon to explore and stock up on any last minute supplies.  Many things could be had further up the trail but prices would be much higher the further up one went so it was best to stock up here.  I came back after shopping and took a short nap and then some intense card playing took place in the dining room prior to dinner while some Bollywood movies played on the TV in the background (watched attentatively by some of the porters).  After dinner decided on an early night and headed to my room to clean and pack so I had less to do in the morning to get ready to move out.

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Namche Bazaar from Above
Namche Bazaar from Above
Shyangboche Airstrip - Apart from …
Shyangboche Airstrip - Apart from…
Ama Dablam - 6814m (22355 ft)
Ama Dablam - 6814m (22355 ft)
Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Peak…
Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Pea…
Namche Bazaar from Above
Namche Bazaar from Above
Sagarmatha NP Museum
Sagarmatha NP Museum
Namche Bazaar from Above
Namche Bazaar from Above
Chhorkung (Sagarmatha NP Museum an…
Chhorkung (Sagarmatha NP Museum a…
Rest Break on Acclimitazion Walk p…
Rest Break on Acclimitazion Walk …
Quickly changing topography and la…
Quickly changing topography and l…
Himalayan Landscape - Tabouche, Ev…
Himalayan Landscape - Tabouche, E…
Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar
Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar
Ama Dablam - 6814m (22355 ft)
Ama Dablam - 6814m (22355 ft)
Everest View Hotel (Did not stay h…
Everest View Hotel (Did not stay …
Rhodendron on the trail.
Rhodendron on the trail.
Namche Bazaar
photo by: halilee