21 April 2009 : Team successfully climbed to Namche

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Today we had a tough day walking to Namche Bazar - the gate way to Everest. We had a very good breakfast at Tashi Taki Lodge. At the guest house we saw the Zopkyos (the mountain porter, hybrid of Yaks and cows. Bazar. In this Season Everest area is getting lots of tourist. We passed many tourists caravan on the way. At Chumua we had rest. Bjorn and Klaus looked happy after talking with their families. Cell phone communication is possible in many places of Khumbu area.

The team reached at Monjo and registered the permit for entering Sagarmatha National Park Camp. Inside the building there is huge virtual scenery of Khumbu area where one can figure out his way to Everest Base camp and other areas for trekking. After 10 minutes walk from Monjo we reached Jorsalle. Jorsalle is between Monjo and Namche. We had lunch at Jorsalle. Jorsalle is in between Monjo and Namche. After lunch we had to climb our first steep hill.

We met many tourists, porters, Zopkyos, and school children. On the way up I met one interesting almost 12 yrs boys at the hill of Jorsalle. His name is Shyam Bahadur Baniya. He told me that he came from Khumjung School. He lives in Monjo. Everyday he goes to School in Khumjung and comes back to Monjo. It’s really a tough if we compare with the students of City area of Nepal. He has to walk nearly 4 hours to reach to Khumjung and back is almost 3 hrs. He said that he passed grade 4 and now studying in grade 5.
We crossed many suspension bridges to reach to the Namche. The bridge at the Jorsalle before climbing Namche is the highest bridge which we crossed.
The team successfully climbed to Namche without any problem around 3 o’clock. The team had served Chicken Sizzler at Khumbu Lodge. Tomorrow is our rest day. We will hike to Syangboche and Khumjung.