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From dirty to clean

We left Khumjung at 9:00am in miserable and cloudy weather for an hour walk to Namche Bazzar. A short walk but still plenty to see in the poor weather. As we dropped over Namche hill we could here the drums from local school doing there morning aerobics, they where all lined up in their play ground. We watched a couple of helicopters land around Namche, which seemed crazy given the poor visibility. After just an hour and ten minutes we arrived in the lodge that we had stayed in on the walk up. We immediately noticed it was more busy in the town, more shops were open and more people about. The rest of the day was spent playing cards and chess, or just relaxing for the next day.

The next morning we had breakfast at 7:00am,  filled our water bottles and set out for a long day back to Lukla. The walk back was the first and only day on our trek that it rained. Dressed from head to toe in water proofs we were in good spirits for a damp and slippery walk.

On our walk home we saw an awful lot more tourists heading up the track, who were quite excited to see a group of scouts. It stopped raining after the first hour and we all began to over heat. We stripped down and plodded on till lunch which seemed to take forever. We stopped for lunch Phakding which was pasta in red sauce as usual, then we carried on to Lukla which was another 3 hours walk. Passing loads of donkey and yak trains on the way.

We arrived at Lukla at about 4:00pm very tired and worn out. We drank tea and relaxed till dinner, which was chicken and rice. We also got chatting with other tourists, finding out what was bringing them to the Kumbu. Shortly after dinner we left to our rooms to pack for an early flight the next day.

We all got up at 6:15 and were ready for breakfast at 6:45 it was jam and toast, for once the toast was warm (we knew it was going to be a good day) we then walked the 2 minutes to the airport and checked in our bags. After saying an emotional farewell to our Sherpas, Kasang and Lakpa who had been exceptional and a really good laugh throughout the trek. We watched a few planes arrive and leave and then got on ours back to Kathmandu.

When we arrived in Kathmandu we immediately noticed the heat and humidity, and the city’s certain aroma (mainly poo). We where met by our guide from ‘Asian Trekking’ who greeted us ‘welcomingly’ (yes we know this isn’t a real word). We then got on to our minibus on the manic streets of Kathmandu, back to Thamel hotel for a long awaited hot shower!

By Nuptse Patrol.

12 Responses to "From dirty to clean"

  • Chris Laws
    October 4, 2013 - 13:33

    I’ve really enjoyed reading all of your updates: sounds like another fantastic exped! Enjoy your last few days in Kathmandu, and I’ll see you in arrivals at Heathrow!

  • Pippa and Martin Hicks
    October 4, 2013 - 15:55

    Glad to hear you all are almost home safe and sound, I bet the hot shower felt good. Really looking forward to seeing you guys on Friday (only a week away!!) enjoy the rest of your trip.
    Ps. Josh you have a nice new comfy bed to come home too. Xx

  • John slater
    October 4, 2013 - 16:30

    I hope that you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sights some more and the facilities to do your laundry!

  • Hazel Carter-Morgan
    October 4, 2013 - 17:11

    Ellis, you will glad to hear that Yas has started cleaning your room ready for your home coming!

  • Jan Humphreys
    October 4, 2013 - 18:44

    We are also going to be “quite excited to see a group of scouts” in one week’s time! Thanks again for the update and enjoy your last week in Kathmandu. Thinking of you all and wishing you a fantastic time. xx

  • Marie Ganter
    October 4, 2013 - 20:31

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the blogs over the last weeks – what an adventure and so many achievements, well done to all of you. Good memories to recall in your dotage! Enjoy your last week in Kathmandu and have lots of fun. So looking forward to seeing you all. xx PS Will, we now have 45 eggs in the cupboard so it’s time to return home!!!

  • Julie burton
    October 5, 2013 - 10:13

    Hi all and big hi to Stu, these last 5 weeks have flown by and so pleased you’ve all had a fantastic time. I’ve looked on you tube to see some of the climbs you have done (WOW). Have a fab last week, explore, enjoy & have a great last week. Luv from mum James rog x

  • Chris Shepherd
    October 5, 2013 - 13:39

    It’s been so enjoyable reading your blogs, I shall miss checking for updates! Hope you all enjoy your last few days xx

  • Lesley Howe
    October 5, 2013 - 20:42

    Have a brilliant last few days – we are really looking forward to hearing all about it. Take care x

  • Teresa doherty
    October 5, 2013 - 23:30

    Well done too you all, so many adventures and so many stories to hear, cant wait.

    Very proud of you joe

    Love mum xx

  • Sarah Symonds
    October 8, 2013 - 20:24

    Sounds like you all had a fantastic time, it has been so good to keep track of your progress. So looking forward to seeing you all on Friday.
    Clare, very much looking forward to hearing about your adventure.
    Love Mum, Dad and Kate xxx

  • Dbee robinson
    October 9, 2013 - 00:20

    Well done all on the trek. What stories you will have to share on your return.
    Special congrats and well done to the leaders for all the planning , organising, fund raising and for the trek itself ensuring the ultimate goal is achieved.

    What an adventure you have all had, and thanks to technology, we have been able to be a part of with you all. Tq for such great informative blogs Chris, know it’s not that easy getting internet.

    Sorry we are unable to be there for your return Ollie, but hope you can Skype some time? Just let us know. We would love to hear more.

    Safe flights home chaps

    Much love Dad & Dbee xxx

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