18th April, 2011- Today we did see Mount Everest for the first time!

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18th April, 2011- Today we did see Mount Everest for the first time!

There it was, surrounded by the other mountains like mount Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam among others. We did a trek between 9 am ant 3 pm to get acclimatized.   We went about 500 meters higher than the level we slept on last night and then we went back to Namche Bazar again to sleep one more night at the lower level. Go high and sleep low helps your body.

Ngwang, Nima and Margareta walking on the Highest Airpoprt in the world

We had all weathers today: sun, wind, thunder and hail (small pieces of ice). It was an interesting experience to hear the thunder in the Himalaya. The trekking has been going well overall but we all feel the heigh altitude, especially in some of the group members stomachs. We strolled along the highest air field in the world, about 3 700 meter above sea level. That was very interesting.

Ngwang and Margareta

When we had reached the ridge above Namche Bazar, we had a great view over Green Valley or Khumjung. There we saw the Hillary School, founded by the Hillary Fondation. Edmund Hillary was the first man in the world to reach the summit of Mount Everest  together with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Hillary then created a kind of a charity foundation for different kinds of projects together with the local community. The villagers can for example apply for money from the foundation for new house roofs, that all are in the color green. And so are all the windows. (Green Valley)

Namche Bazaar

Back in Namche Mia and Pelle went  to interview Anton Zuser, a waste management investigator from Austria. And we all had the opportunity to talk to him at dinner. Very interesting to hear his thoughts so far, from his field study concerning waste management here. The time is now 7.30 pm here at Khumbu Lodge, a well known tea house among the climbers.

In Khumbu Lodge