Hi everyone, Liz here,
Rest day in Namche Bazaar
Today was our late-start lazy morning with the promise of hot showers. Sadly, the hot water was also having a rest day so instead, we hoed in to breakfast of porridge, poached eggs and toast with jam.
Next we headed off to climb to the top of the village (but without Julia who had a sudden urge to read her magazine) where we had a fantastic view over the village. From there we went to the visitors centre for the National Park, saw images of the regional flora and fauna, geological maps and rock samples with our resident geologist, Beck, providing the interpretation for us. As the clouds came in we missed our chance to see Ama Dablam and Mt Everest so went back towards town.
This house was typical of the traditional houses in the area with a ground level storage area with dried yak dung for fuel and protection for their animals. Upstairs cooking, buttermaking and sleeping all happen together and next door is an ornate prayer room. The house provides a sharp contrast between the traditional and modern influences with a crashed Chinnook helicopter a few metres away and the army zone surrounded with barbed wire.
World class medical research
We then had an impromptu tour of the ‘Xtreme Everest’ research labs, organised by Cas, where we saw trekkers doing stress tests on stationary bikes as Monty Mythen explained the collection of data, blood samples and nerve responses from the same trekkers from sea level to Base Camp measuring their adaptation to altitude. As well, the ‘climbing doctors’ will be doing the same tests at BC, Camp 2 and Camp 4 before and after their summit bid, including taking their own blood samples at the summit (Fiona had a look of disbelief on her face during most of Monty’s explanations). More info on the website www.Smith-Medical.com
Everest View to Khumjung
Tomorrow we have a 2.5 – 3 hour walk to Khumjung via the Everest View Hotel where if we are lucky we will see Mt Everest for the last time until Base Camp. This is the home village of our guides Ang Nima Sherpa and Pemba Sherpa so we will be able to see where they live and also have a tour of the Hillary School and the local monastery.
Now it’s time to hit the bakeries. The cinnamon buns with a hot chocolate are hard to beat.
Bye for now.
Gavan and chimplins – Yes, I’m taking plenty of photos and thanks for your camera Barls. I hear there is a message from you but haven’t read it yet and it was just coincidence that it was me posting tonight. Looking forward to your messages. L.
Mira – both Paul and I receive all messages so it doesn’t matter which one you post a message to. Fiona