Today was designed to be rest day was anything but that. After breakfast, Wongchu let us know that those of us that wanted to climb with him that we would be leaving at 08:30. Today’s climb was optional, if we wanted to stay behind we could but all but two of us were ready for more. I think that most of us knew that if the weather was clear enough, that we could possibly lay eyes on Everest. The weather was partly cloudy but through some occasional breaks in the clouds, we were able to see some of the peaks but as soon as they came into view, they just as quickly vanished behind thick cloud cover.
Wongchu took us through Namche before we began our hike. Today as Saturday and that means that it is Market Day. The locals were all preparing as merchants to sell their goods and it seemed to be very busy even though the day has just begun. We climbed some stairs and took to some trails. Our first visit was the Sherpa Museum. From there, we could see Lohtse through the clouds but were unfortunate in our hopes of seeing Everest. From there, we walked back down to another Sherpa Museum were we were able to look at some interesting artifacts and view a slide show of the Sherpa People.Then it was time to Zoom Zoom up the trail. The trail was steep and was mostly zig zag shaped until we reached the crest only to find another hill to climb. Wong Chu took it slow and easy and we all stayed together until we reached Syangboche where we had lunch. The tea house was near an old dirt runway that was used in years past and looks like it could still be used today for small airplanes.
After lunch we climbed to the Khunde Hospital and through the village of Khunde. Khunde was a town that was established 200 to 300 years ago. We went to the Khunde Hospital but they were closed because it was Saturday. There weren’t many people visible but it was a village of what looked like a couple of hundred people. It was clean, neat and very quiet. Hand crafted stone walls divided each and everyone’s land claim. Khunde was quite pristine to say the least.
Wongchu took us back a different way which involved some additional climbing but beautiful never the less. We began our decent back to Namche on a different trail. It was steep and winding over dirt and rocky trails. Through the rain and clouds, we arrived back at Namche just after 1700. This was the most action I have ever had on a “rest day” and I loved every moment of it.
I couldn’t be more blessed to be trekking with an amazing group of people and an equally amazing Sherpa staff led by Wongchu Sherpa the best Sherpa ever. I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings