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