30- October- 2014 - Trek to Namche Bazaar

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30- October- 2014 - Trek to Namche Bazaar

Our second day on our adventure started out really nice waking up soft and warm in the sleeping bag. After a huge breakfast we started our walk from Pahkding to Namche. The first three hours of walk took place by the river down in the valleys and it was relaxing walking through the villages, watching all the locals, yak and horse caravans, fully loaded porters as well as other trekkers.

After our early lunch break, our guide, Ngwang, told us there was going to be some uphill after we had crossed a bridge 15 minutes ahead. By the bridge, a lot of people were waiting as there were yak caravans coming across, and you do not want to face a yak on a small hanging bridge were barely two persons can meet. After ten minutes waiting and two caravans later, the whole crowd filled the entry point to the bridge. We were in the first line of people and after the bridge we understood what "some uphill" meant. ;) We were to make 400 altitude meters within the next coming two hours and we started with a speed that we experienced as really slow. However we put quite a distance between us and the other  people that had been waiting with us over the bridge, and we catch up even more than we had anticipated. Taking this into consideration, we were walking relatively fast, and keep in mind that the oxygen level up here in Namche (3450 m above the sea) is at 64%. So our bodies had to work harder than we thought. Halfway between the bridge and Namche, we got our first glimpse of Mount Everest peak, and it's truly a marvel to behold. 

Namche is going to be the last bastion of "civilization" for us, e.g. hot showers, heated mattresses in the beds, before we start to ascend to greater altitudes. But first, we will have an acclimatization day here so we will get used to the altitude and avoid height sickness.