Our group enjoyed our stay at Namche and left out in good spirits. The travel from Namche was fairly easy with a steady climb until the sharp drop into Phungi Thenga. Many songs were sung and conversation was generous. We got our first view of Chomalungma. Our lunch was at “the last food for 2 hours hike up to Tengboche”. Dr. Islas lead a “Wilderness Wound Care” discussion with contribution from Cory (the wound care guy). Our departure from the lunch tea house put us directly onto a cable bridge. Dave (the terrified of high bridges guy) had a great start by staring only at Desi’s head. Wangchu stopped mid-bridge to point to something on the side and the severe chest pains hit! Dave actually yelled at everyone ahead of him “NO NO NO Just keep moving!) Dave was then unable to recall the Hail Mary. Chest pains resolved with firm ground… and a big kiss to Desi’s head.
From there our trek went uphill sharply. A light rain kept the dust down without really making us uncomfortable. Wongchu was keen to pause regularly to let us catch our breath. He also pointed out a mountain deer for us. Much fewer songs were sung on the uphill climb. Sleet joined the rain but our activity kept us warm. Snow started just as we arrived at Tengboche.
The tea house is a large structure with a very warm common room. Hot water shower are good (you may not have known that). The individual rooms are small but we noticed that our presence in them warmed them quickly. Wongchu led us on a brief trip up to the Stupa that sits atop the hill above the tea house. This will help us sleep better we are told. We believe everything that Wongchu tells us because he is The Man. Dinner is warm and filling and sleep is upon your author.
Humble and lovingly submitted by,
Dave (the terrified of high bridges guy) Fitzpatrick M.D. FAWM FAAFP