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Phakding to Khumjung

Saturday 7th September 2013

The group woke up in Phakding after a good night’s sleep, which made a difference from being hot all night! We had a nice breakfast in a conservatory before leaving for Namche Bazar. We saw the yaks for the first time, the yaks and sherpas head off before us in the morning with our duffel bags. We hiked up the Khumbu valley, crossing the Dudh koshi river, by way of high bouncy bridges, now metal, but were once made of wood… Scary!

The paths were rocky but as a group we managed to keep a good pace. We ascended 400m up Namche hill (across a new bridge opened last month which takes some considerable time of the journey!) which seemed to take forever however once we got to the top we saw great view of Namche Bazar; the Sherpa capital. The houses here reminded us of dolls houses and this place was much colder than before; there had been a lot of cloud in the valley recently. For dinner we had a very nice curry which had to be eaten by torch light as there is no electricity here… Bliss.

 

Sunday 8th September 2013

Today was a rest day to acclimatise. After breakfast, Lakpa (our head Sherpa who HSX members may remember from 2007) took us up to the Everest view point, in the hope of seeing the highest mountain in the world. Even this short walk was harder than it should be due to the altitude. At the top it was really cloudy so we couldn’t see Everest however we saw a few snowy peaks through the gaps in the clouds which was enough to whet our appetites. We then looked around the National Park HQ Museum about the natural history of Khumbu and the people who live there. Ellis also broke a bench outside…

The rest of the day was spent resting, chilling out and exploring Namche. In the evening everyone got hyper and ran around in the dark. Sam put his stobe head light on and people were pretending to be the weeping angels from Doctor Who! … A symptom of the altitude?

 

Monday 9th September 2013

We set off for Khumjung and our community project. We were taken via a hill which had a monument dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary, his wife and daughter at 3900m… The highest place that many of us have ever been. The monument was placed here because it is another view point for Mount Everest and is an apt reminder of Hillary and his contributions to the Sherpa people. The going was hard but we decended for lunch in Khunde before the short walk to Khumjung (our base for the next two weeks). Members of the group have been up early enough to see  Ama Dablam when the cloud clears, an awesome way to start the day…

 

Thankyou for all your comments during our radio silence… Keep them coming, the group love to read them and we hope to give an update on our community project work very soon… Now off to enjoy the sun that has shone all day for the first time since being in the Khumbu

 

10 Responses to "Phakding to Khumjung"

  • Jan Humphreys
    September 11, 2013 - 08:49

    It is really great to hear from you all again and glad you are safely in Khumjung. Your adventures sound awesome and its lovely to hear what you have all been up to! Life here in England seems a little boring after reading your blogs this morning. We are all well and thought Andy would laugh when I tell him Mike was 20 minutes late for his first Physics lesson as he missed the bus!! Just of to work now….. ! Take care, have fun and take lots of photos. Love Jan, Dave and Mike xxx

  • Dbee robinson
    September 11, 2013 - 12:25

    So pleased you all arrived safe after the delay. Hope the weather holds up for you all over the next few weeks.
    How awesome to visit such an interesting place and we are really enjoying the updates from you.
    Ollie you have a mission (should you wish to accept it) to bring back your favourite meal recipe and I will recreate it next time we are in the UK while you share your travels with us.
    Take care all
    Dbee and David Robinson x

  • Julie burton
    September 11, 2013 - 20:04

    Hi stu so good to hear of your latest travels. I can only imagine what fantastic sights you have seen, I’m very jealous just wish I was 30 years younger & was able to have such an adventure. I do hope your using your Go Pro. It’s pouring down here, wet & miserable. James loving your speakers, I’m not!!! Have fun keep safe and treasure ever second. Love you loads xx James says he’s missing you & sends his love xx

  • max bown
    September 11, 2013 - 21:11

    Hi to Louis and all! enjoying the blogs thanks for the updates sounds like you are having an amazing time! enjoy yourself Mum,dad,max xx

  • Lesley Howe
    September 11, 2013 - 21:48

    Am very envious as the weather here is pretty miserable and we are all back in boring routines after the summer. Lovely to hear your news and being able to google the places you are visiting is a bonus – the downside is that it makes our walking in the French Alps seem a bit tame! Take care and have fun!

  • Sue
    September 12, 2013 - 02:53

    Great to read your updates. thinking about you all the time. Carry on having the best time all of you and making memories to last a life time.
    Stephen hope your hand is ok, Dad’s got all your bike bits! All missing you. I can ignore the teasing stories the gurkas at work kept tellling me now I know you got to lukla safely!. Enjoy the Next leg of your expedition. x x

  • Kate
    September 12, 2013 - 21:57

    I’m so jealous of you all, the weather is so grim at home! I love reading the blog updates and hope you are having the best time! Miss you Clare, lots of love Kate xxxx ps. can you bring me back a monkey?

  • Hazel Carter-Morgan
    September 13, 2013 - 18:49

    Ellis, Stop breaking stuff !! Sounds amazing. Its interesting that you blame your hyper-ness on the altitude. When we all know that you are all completely bonkers really.
    Love you MumXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • Mary Ellis
    September 14, 2013 - 23:46

    Dear Charlotte and all.
    Glad you are having such a great time (without me 🙁 ). Namche Bazar sounds fun. If you could send another picture that would be great but I guess you are rather restricted with internet. We were without power today too but didn’t need to eat by torchlight!
    Thomas and Peter are enjoying starting at 6th form colleges but that seems boring compared to your adventures…..awaiting news if the community project – I sure you’ll all do brilliantly working together.

    x x x

  • Sarah Symonds
    September 15, 2013 - 19:34

    Really enjoying reading your blogs…please keep them coming when you can! Glad that the altitude isn’t causing problems. Hope you are managing to take lots of photos? Clare- we are all missing you loads, and can’t wait to hear everything when you get back Mum, Dad and Kate xxxxx

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