Day 3 Namche Bazaar Altitude Acclimatisation Day

Altitude Acclimatisation or Rest Day ?

It is best to think of the acclimatisation day involving some walking above where you are going to sleep. We walked above Namche Bazaar to the helicopter landing strip and quarry. The day was cloudy and the sound of rocks being chiselled for structures over the stream near the stupa rang out across the arena shaped town.

We also visited the monastery and turned some of the many prayer wheels on the way up. On the path to Khunde we sat on a large flat boulder and looked out over the pines and down to the river way below.

After our walk at one of the town’s bakeries I remembered meeting a French woman in 2013 who had spent what I was still calling a rest day walking up to Khunde and Khumjung and back down to Namche. At the time I thought she was mad but she was walking to Base Camp in less days than us and so walking the large circle up to Khunde and Khumjung would have helped with her walk to Tengboche’s altitude the following day. I now know better than to call it anything else but an acclimatisation day.

For our 2015 trek we had decided to sleep a night at Khumjung. This was not the original itinerary. We had planned to sleep our second night in Monjo but we reached there by 11:00 and were feeling great so we decided to continue and climb to Namche Bazaar. We had our two nights in Namche Bazaar and then using the day up our sleeve on the following day we were then able to walk to Khumjung and sleep at a slightly higher altitude allowing us more acclimatisation time for the altitude. I am sure this extra day was one of the keys to successfully arriving at EBC without any issues.

 I now know better than to call it anything else but an acclimatisation day.

Trekking independently with a porter gave us the flexibility to make this change of itinerary.

Below are photos taken on our Acclimatisation Day on 24 September 2015.

 

Namache Bazaar, Main Trail Everest Base Camp Trek

Looking out onto Namche Bazaar

Namache Bazaar, Main Trail Everest Base Camp Trek

Above Namche Bazaar on the path to Khunde

Pines above Namche Bazaar September 2015

Stunning large black pine cones

 

 

Monastery at Namche Bazaar

Monastery Entrance

7 thoughts on “Day 3 Namche Bazaar Altitude Acclimatisation Day

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  5. I’m so glad you’re writing about this trip. I can’t wait to do it in November. I’m not going all the way to base camp but I’m still glad I’m doing part of the trip! Keep the posts coming!

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    • Hi Boots, I’m as equally thrilled that you are getting something from my posts. I work in a secondary school and we are on our long summer holidays at the moment so I will be writing as many posts as possible on my time off. November is a good month to go on the Everest Base Camp region,it is dry but cold so you should get clear views and it normally doesn’t get rain.Louise

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