Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Today we left our accomodation bright and early after a lovely warm breakfast cooked by our hosts at the guest house.
We were told we were in for a long hike today and that it was “Nepali Flat”- which to everyone else means theres going to be a lot of bloody hills. Not just hills though, lots of downhill too, and when you go down its almost worse than going up, because you know that you will HAVE to go back up at some point!
From Phakding we crossed the river and headed up the valley passing many porters loaded with supplies for Namche Bazaar. All the way we would get re-appearing and disappearing glimpses of the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). We continued on before stopping for lunch in “Monjo” (2835m), where Momos and Dal Bhat were popular and delicious dishes.
After Lunch the walk got alot steeper and we were walking pretty much uphill for the next 2 hours and even got a bit of snow on the trail. We walked over 3 suspension bridges that were both beautiful and scary at the same time.
Upon our arrival into Namche we were able to walk a bit further past the town and get our first glimpse of Mt Everest! What else do you do when you see Mt Everest for the first time? Get naked of corse!!
Namche is the last big town on the hike and its also your last chance to ensure you have all the gear you need and hire any additional gear you feel you should have brought with you. Most of our group brought extra clothes, as it was FREEZING and no one was adequately prepared for just how cold it was, and we weren’t even at “high” altitude yet!
Namche was also our rest/acclimatisation day, so we spent two nights in this town! We did an acclimatisation walk up the near by hill and it gave us a beautiful view of the town. This short hike was extremely hard and the altitude really affected me, but it was gorgeous non the less! In the afternoon on our second day there, there was a screening of the movie “Everest” in one of the pubs, so that was a cool experience to watch that movie while on the iconic EBC trail. Th town is unreal, its like a mini city, except its two days walk from the airport, and therefore a 2 day walk and a dangerous flight from any real established civisilation, so it just blows your mind that such an established village could possibly exist.
Day 2 info at a glance:
- Altitude for sleeping: 3440m
- Attitude difference between start and finish: +830m
- Hours of Trekking: ~7hrs
- Accommodation: Guest house in Namche Bazzar
- Level of difficulty: 7/10