Annapurna Sanctuary & Mt. Everest Base Camp Treks travel blog

village of Namche Bazaar

School in Namche

The trail up to Everest View Hotel

Up we go, with Thamserku peak in back

Lousy view from Everest View Hotel, Everest on left, Ama Dablam above...

village of Khumjung, 3780m

School Edmund Hillary built

Syanboche airstrip, 3720m

Electric charging station at the lodge

Apa Sherpa, has summitted Everest 19 times and is on his way...

Ha - some rest day. We started at 8 a.m., and immediately went up a stone staircase hill. The objective was to get to a viewpoint of Mt. Everest. It looks kinda far away and makes me wonder how far this trek is going to be overall. We visited the Park Headquarters, the Sherpa museum, and the Climbing museum.

Then we went up a steep hill to the "Everest View Hotel". This is supposedly the highest hotel in the world (3980 m). However, on the other side of the valley the Japanese have built a hotel that seems to be higher. The Japanese helicopter people in, put them in a pressurized, expensive hotel, let them look at Everest (from their pressurized hotel room), and fly them back. The lack of the wilderness experience doesn't do much for me. Come on, get sweaty and dirty, breathe the dust, get nearly knocked off the trail by the yaks (my fault - I was standing on the wrong side of the trail), lousy toilets, dirty clothes, and feel sick from the altitude - that's the way to experience Everest!

By the time we got to the "Everest View Hotel", the view sucked! It got hazy, and there also seems to be a forest fire that no one is attempting to put out. Whatever!

We hiked to a village called Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary has built a school for the children. We had lunch there, then visited a monastery, went up another hill (I know you're sick of hearing it, but the vertical relief here is enormous), then descended back to Namche Bazaar.

One of the guys on the trip had to go to the clinic. He had difficulty breathing. The doctor put him on oxygen, gave him antibiotics, and told him if he wasn't better the next morning he should not go any higher. This got me scared, and since I was having so much trouble breathing, I decided to go to the clinic. I got antibiotics and cold medication, and was told I could go higher. I hope this helps, because this cold is really dragging me down.

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