Day 186: E.B.C. trek day 12, Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m)
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Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: John (Scotland), Dan (Scotland) & Tom (UK)
The walk from Namche to Lukla was pretty gruesome. By this time I was absolutely knackered from 11 days walking (the last three days being particularly tough) and the beers we consumed last night might have had their effect as well.
I knew that the walk from Monjo up to Namche had been tough last week, but in opposite direction it was almost worst. The steep downhill part wasn't too bad. In fact, in the bright sun it was quite a pleasant walk, and we even caught a few more last glimpses of Everest in the distance.
We were shocked at the amount of people coming up.
Today the trek seemed like a highway, full of tourists, porters and yaks.
But above all I was thankful to Hem for convincing me to do the trek on my own. These past 11 days I had been able to walk on my own pace and met tons of nice people on the way.
Once we reached the bottom of the valley, it was another gruesome 20-odd undulating kilometres to Lukla. It was just a never ending climbing and ascending until we finally reached Lukla at a little after 3 PM. Even the guides and porters were pretty knackered by the time we arrived there.
Just before Lukla I stopped at a small shrine erected to commemorate the German tourists who died in the plane crash in 2008. It was quite shocking, they were still building this shrine when another plane crashed, carrying 14 tourists, in August this year.
Finally, Lukla. We checked in to the guest house which was by far the nicest of all guest houses on the trek. A nice room, a very comfy bed and best of all, shower and toilet in my room!
So I was able to enjoy my second shower in two weeks. Wonderful! I must have spent at least half an hour standing under the hot stream of water.
Lukla is the place where most people spend their last night of the trek, so there are plenty of bars in town, offering happy hours. If you plan it right you can move from happy hour to happy from 14:00 to 21:00. There's even a Starbucks! Although... not an official one. The owner just recreated the Starbucks logo for his coffee place. Not that it matters. I don't particularly like Starbucks coffee, but the coffee at this place was excellent!
John and I ended up playing pool in the Irish pub below Starbucks, with Sanjeev and Rabin.
After a few rounds of pool we walked around town and checked out some of the other pubs. Most of them were rather deserted though, so we headed back to the guest house for some food instead. The beer was not doing the trick quick enough according to the Brits so John bought a few bottles of Everest Whisky. This is a blend of some locally produced whisky, mixed with what seems to be the scrapings of the barrels of the Bowmore distillery in Scotland. The result is surprisingly tasty! I have to get myself a few bottles of this stuff before I go home.
After dinner we went back to the Irish pub for some more pool, but we didn't make it too late because we had an early flight to catch tomorrow morning. As we were all booked on different flights we made sure to arrange to meet up in Kathmandu tomorrow for a proper end of trek party.