Hello everyone, we’ve made it to Namche Bazaar, gateway to the high regions and home of many sellers of yak related trinkets. So far our trip has been fairly true to form;
- Manage to faff about a lot getting last minute things, panic about how much we’re packing, take it anyway
- Get to Heathrow in plenty of time, but manage to lose the valet parking man so may as well have got cheap parking. Dinner is Pret sandwich and a quick pint
- Very annoyed as despite having picked window seats online, Virgin re-allocated them to centre – didn’t look at boarding passes so only realised when on the plane.
- Was slightly more concerned that our bags were checked through to Kathmandu, but we weren’t. Getting on a flight to Delhi with no onward boarding pass and no visa was a little worrying
- However a nice man came and collected us at the gate, fastracked through transit and got us to the next flight on time. Which also left and arrived on time
First night in Kathmandu
- Again true to form, the Kathmandu Guest House did not have a room, despite the reservation, but found us a nice room elsewhere with a balcony overlooking a… not sure what, ‘favella’ might get the right feel.
- We were initially not true to form in getting flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla, trekking permits & changing money in record time. We also decided due to the stupid amount of gear I’m carrying to hire a porter – who could be there for us the following day in Lukla
- More true to form, we then had a few beers at the Northfield Cafe, then some more at the New Orleans with some food, then got some take-outs to have on the roof terrace of the hotel. Then got some more take outs. This was not sensible as we had a 6:15 flight the next day.
Lukla flight & first days trekking
- Getting to the flight, well it was a bit of a challenge in the getting up front, but we got there (just), and it was spectacular. Let’s see if I can add a picture from here..
Now that didn’t take too long, so here’s another of the landing strip
- Met up with our porter, D.B. Tamang, who seems like a very nice man. He carries Beccy’s pack whilst I keep mine, I’d like to make that clear.
- The first days trek was bit hungover, but we got all the way to Monjo at the national park entrance, I took around 3,000 photos and realised my pack was too damn heavy.
- Slept the sleep of people who haven’t slept properly for 48 hours and have just done 5 hours trekking.
- The next day the trek up to Namche was as hard as I remember it, but we did get our first sight of Everest. Went quite slowly, and then both were a little miffed when the lodge our porter D.B. had booked was right at the top of Namche. Which is about 100m further up than the bottom. Oh Well.
- Now up to 7,100 photos, give or take. The early stuff is a bit ropey, working on the technique and rig to try and make it steadier, but have realised I do need a photo every 5-10 paces. That’s a lot. At least the solar panel seems to be working.
- Also getting a lot of love (or just attention) with the camera rig and solar pack. When I tell them what I’m doing the reaction is a mixture of quiet respect, awe, and ‘another lunatic Englishman’. Probably a lot more of the latter.
I put a couple of quick rushes together on the laptop, then downgraded them massively as I thought the connection here would be slower. Then also realised I dumped it in the wrong format, so the following is i) rough ii) downgraded from hd to phone quality iii) re-converted via an online file converter to the right format and iv) I haven’t got the technique to make it less jumpy yet. Oh well, have a look anyway;
This is a view over Namche, a chopper landing at Syangboche airstrip, and entering the Everest View Hotel.
Like I said, looks a
bit lot crap – I think it only works when the resolution is right. May replace this link later.
As far as other stuff goes, we are both hale and hearty, excepting a slight headache for Beccy which actually went away when we had a coffee – think it was caffeine withdrawal as had oxygen saturation tests and all good.
Next update – who know’s? I’ve heard rumour of an internet cafe in Dingboche, 3 nights onward.
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