Chukhung - Thyangboche – Namche Bazaar – Lukla
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November 5th, 2008 – by: cja17
Pangboche this time was a lunch stop rather than overnight. No rest for young Sumba though - accommodation at Thyangboche is always limited, so he was sent on once again. For us, we had a pleasant break in what I think was my favourite lodge of the whole trip, with real care taken over the food and service.
The pace we descended the valley on our journey home left us with plenty of time for sightseeing and, arriving out the outskirts of Namche well before lunch the following day, we had plenty of time to explore a local mountaineering museum.
Our third visit to Lukla the following day found a very different town to the one we had left the week before. Weather had kept the airport closed for three days straight, and the town was full of trekkers with international flights to catch and nowhere to go. Plus, no ATM, so a roaring trade was being done by local traders willing to do VISA advances (with a whopping commission on the back!). Every airline office was mobbed by people taking about waiting lists and the chances of clear weather - an atmosphere of anticipation hung as low as the clouds. The rule in Lukla is that, even though you might be able to find some cheap beer in a shop on the street, you weren't allowed to drink it in your lodge, so groups of down-jacketed trekkers happily stood in groups to kill time. As ever, I had a small world moment and bumped into a Canadian couple I last saw on the way up the hill, and we compared notes. The rules were simple - if our flight arrived the next day, we would jump straight to the front of the queue and be on our way. But, if it was cancelled, then we went all the way to the back. I had a couple of days' spare at the end, so wasn't that fussed, but Lukla was a one-night town at most!
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