Everest Base Camp - Day 4 (Namche Bazaar - Phortse)
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Our route exiting Namche was similar to that of our trek yesterday, but instead of climbing towards Shyangboche and the Everest View Hotel we proceeded along a trail lower in the valley. The initial segment of trekking was pretty flat for Nepali standards (but we were generally ascending the entire way with some short sections of steep up and down). There were no real good views today. Clouds were quickly sweeping up the valley; rolling in, around, and even through us all day. Had the occasional close in view of the river valley, but nothing of any of the far off peaks. Instead we did get to see a colorful Impeyan Pheasant, the Nepali national bird, some wildflowers, and more flowering rhododenron.
Stopped for tea and snacks and Kyangjuma (3550m - 11647 ft).
The Gokyo route climbs steadily and steeply to Mong (3973m - 13035 ft) where we stopped for lunch.
Nothing much to report for the evening. More cards and conversation before and after dinner. Phortse is a very small village, but spread out on the hillside above the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Kola. Even if we wanted to go out and explore, the potential of getting lost in the cloud cover kept us all inside leading up to dinner. Besides it had gotten quite cold and damp outside in the clouds.
So now we are in Phortse, tomorrow we head for Dingboche and the real high altitude starts to hit us. Feeling pretty good right now, maybe a slight headache in the morning that quickly goes away when we start walking (probably a sign of shallower breathing at night when sleeping). Hopefully we all (myself and my companions) will continue to feel good as we ascend.