Today was an acclimatization day in Namche. Even though we didn’t plan any crazy trek, we still had breakfast at the usual time at 7am. And good that we had!
When we went out of the lodge, clear sky was above us without any clouds, so finally we could see where we are actually. At 3400m you feel like you’re pretty high, but now when the surrounding mountains were visible, that feeling disappeared very quickly and you feel like an ant again. It was completely new feeling to me – all the snowy and rocky peaks towering high above the village are reminding you that you’re nothing compared to them – they’ve been here since the beginning of the world and will be until the world ends, and you are just a millisecond that passes by like a blink of an eye. It’s just monumental.
Well anyway, after I absorbed this feeling I was ready to conquer at least the 400m elevation that was awaiting us😁 Most of the time it was a super steep climb up – one step, breath in, second step, breath out, and repeat.
When we were at around 3700m, helicopter was coming. And now compared to the ant-like feeling, sudenly I felt like I’m a giant because the helicopters were flying below me. That was also really cool, you don’t have much chances in life to watch a helicopter pass by from above😉
And then, after another 20mins, we reached the Everest View Hotel and Everest appeared in front of us in this monumental view, surrounded by Ama Dablam and Lhotse (and another two mountains which names I don’t remember, except one that is pronounced “Tamsere” – Czech friends will understand😂).
We stayed at the viewpoint for quite some time and then hiked down to Khumjung village. It’s a really small village, very new-looking. I read somewhere that this village was badly distroyed by the 2015 earthquake but now it looks like most of the area was rebuilt and people are doing quite well there.
Then we headed back to Namche – first we had to climb up another 100m or so and then a looong way down was waiting, which took us probably 1,5h.
I had to be careful about my knee – my Yunnan downhill experience is still very fresh in my memory. So I started to think about it😁 Never ever before I had such problems so what the hell happened there in China?! And then a realization came (which will seem very obvious to you), and so that I walk in a wrong way. Duh! But come on, you have to realize everything by yourself, otherwise it has no point to you.
In Yunnan I had new hiking boots, trying to break them in – which I guess I managed, but my pinky toes were suffering, and because of that I was trying to step in the least painful way and that’s when I started to rotate my leg in a weird way, plus landing on my heel, instead of on my toes and front of my foot.
So now I saw that and for most of the way down I tried to ignore the blisters and land correctly – and it worked! It’s fun to learn proper walking again😅
We still had many chances to admire the views around us on our way down, weather was perfect until we reached Namche again. Then clouds came and mountains disappeared.
At that moment I realized I forgot my super duper solar panels to charge my even cooler solar power bank in the lodge, grrr.. And it doesn’t work when it’s cloudy, surprise😜 32% will have to do today, don’t wanna pay today! I already installed the panels on my backpack and tomorrow will see how well it works, and my expectations are pretty high!! Power bank, don’t disappoint me pls.
And tomorrow we have planned a 5h trek, reaching Tengboche where we will stay overnight.
Pics from today will be uploaded later! Battery problems😋
Oooh, and big news! After 3 days, we took a shower today! And I decided to be a bit fancy and even washed my hair😎
Hot shower? 300 Rupees. Feeling like civilized human being again? Priceless😆