Saturday, September 03, 2011

Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar 07-23.05.2011 (3)

9May2011 - Phakding(2600M) > Namche Bazar(3450M)
Air got thinner n thinner towards 3400m. But it was a relax walk with too much stops for photo sessions with those DSLR holders. Anyway, that's what we were paying for the scenery. No hurry. Kept bumping into the cow herds from opposite direction. The whole trail is constantly fertilized by dang. At times, we trapped in between the animal traffic along the narrow trail. We did experience the thrill of overtaking some herds like those mad drivers in Msia. We tailgate the herd, once there's a space, we sprinted thru with mindful of their horns. Abt 4pm, we reach Namche! It was a WoW when the village 1st came into my sight. Sprawling terrace of grid-like hses built along the slope of the mountain. The mist n cooling weather amplifies the beauty of the town. We checked in Buddha lodge, our favorite lodge of all with the deliciously foods. 220rp for a hot bath up made us felt heavenly. For the sake of joke, its the quietest day in the group as our AK46 RQinging struck by AMS. That's the only beauty of AMS though ;-) This reminded me of the lurking danger. Everyone could get it regardless of ur fitness. Luckily, next day is our acclimatization day where RQinging had an ample time to recover. At dinner, she looked terribly sorry n still had to endured our mockery on her. Retribution? LOL. The dinner was great with the blow water chat while we catch-up KMeng story on what he had done in Nepal for 3mth! KMeng even WoW Raj & Dalwat with his successful solo attempt to Dhaulagiri glacier region. We all agree that he should look for a publisher to share his adventure in his around the world trip.

Log of the day: ~6hr of walking time. The graph shows the terrain. Highest altitude reached at 3338m.

Typical sherpa's kitchen. Neat n 'clean' suppose. Well, the air is dry & thin. Fly can't survive there. 

Captivating scene at backdrop.

Before leaving Mountain Resort, it's water pumping time. Highly recommended to buy such filter. Save $$$ & save to drink the water. 

Dal bhat. A common meal for Nepalese. In Msia, we will call it mixed rice. The vege always served fresh as the chef will normally plant some vege around their area.

Well, it's obvious that we were still at low altitude. But the scenery is already great.

Bridge crossing day... 

Non stop bridge crossing day. 

It's so common to come across such setup. A Buddhism mantra divider, where you should always pass it in CLOCK WISE.  

Namche Bazar! 1st sight was amazing.

At 3400m, a misty day at Namche Bazar is a norm. 

When the cloud is cleared, suddenly, a snow mountain showed up from my window! WOW WOW WOW~~~
Our bedroom. Simple & neat. Just good enough to have a good rest. At night, I felt like I'm in a fridge!
The 1st AMS patient. See, the illness can shut down a AK47 ;-) Nonetheless, AMS is no joke.  

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