Today was acclimatization day for those of us continuing up to Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak. The other part of the group spent the day visiting Hillary school in the village of Khumjung and will spend one extra day in Namche Bazar before going down to Lukla and Kathmandu. From tomorrow I will only be able to report from the group going higher up the valley.
For acclimatization we went up to Khunde Peak situated almost 800 meters above Namche. The peak at 4.200 meters offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape and mountains. Unfortunately the weather was somewhat cloudy and missed the opportunity to get a first glimpse of Everest. However, we got splendid views of some of the most beautiful mountains in the world; Ama Dablam, Tamserkhu, Kanthega, Usum Khanguru and so on. We all made it to the summit of Khunde Peak and got some nice summit photos.
After lunch we headed back down to Namche Bazar where we rented climbing gear for those who didn’t bring their own equipment. Our superb and professional main guide, Ang Dawa, also filled in the Sagaramatha Pollution Control Committee form, intended to force all expeditions to bring everything back down from the mountain. A very good initiative preventing these beautiful mountains from becoming junk yards.
Now it’s soon time for a last dinner at Khumbu lodge before we tomorrow continue to Thengboche.