This day was a rest day in Namche to get the body acclimatize to the altitude. Came out of my bed around 7am and after breakfast planned to go to Khumjung
to visit the monastery which has theYeti’s scalp. Finished breakfast around 8:30 and started climbing some steep steps to come out of Namche Baazar and reach the air strip of Syangboche. This airport is mostly used for cargo but some trekkers do fly in directly to Syangboche from Lukla via helicopters and very small planes, not a very good idea as Lukla is at 2860 meters, Namche Baazar at 3440 and Syangboche at 3970 meters. So anyone coming from Kathmandu
to Lukla and flying directly to Syangboche, that’s an altitude gain of over 2500 meters within a couple of hours.
After a quick rest and taking pictures of the airstrip, continued our climb to reach Khumjung. It had snowed in the past couple of days here, which was also evident with the frozen snow patches along the path. While climbing down the steps towards Khumjung the path becomes a bit slippery so need to be careful. We reached the outskirts of Khumjung village around 11am and it was a sight to see. The village is nested in a valley surrounded by snow covered peaks on all the 3 sides. We made our way through the village, cross a local school and reached the monastery. We offered our prayers inside the monastery, took some photos of the Yeti’s scalp, after making a small donation to the caretaker to open the lockers where the scalp is kept.
The walk back was fairly easy as we knew what to expect on the way back.
Crossed the school where all the students were sitting outside in the sun, climbed up the stairs with frozen snow, slipped a couple of times but made it safely to the top. Rest of the walk was down the huge stairs to reach Namche and back to our hotel at 1:30pm. After some refreshing tea and sumptuous lunch went for a long hot shower (costing rupees 300). The water was really hot and it helped to sooth down all the pain in my muscles. Namche is the last place where you can expect some really hot water for a shower, before continuing the trek up to the mountains. Felt refreshed after the shower and change of clothes after 3 days, rested in the room for some time. Evening we went out for a stroll in the market, bought a few things (caps, prayer flags, winter caps,) before joining back everyone in the dinner hall. After dinner tried to get some sleep, but again could not sleep properly, sky was again clear with all the bright stars out.