Savouring the Last Days of the Trail

Day Fifteen Namche Bazaar to Phakding

From Lodge to Lodge to Lodge

Lodge at Namche Bazaar

Leaving our lodge in Namche Bazaar was a bit sad. We had stayed there four times and a total of six nights with the acclimatisation days. It was located in the middle of Namche, the owners and staff were lovely, the menu and food good and the hot showers wonderful.

Namche Bazaar and the Kwangde Range

Leaving Namche Bazaar and the Kwangde Range

Not long after we started out, Basanta our porter guide pointed out a Danfe or Danphe Nepal’s national bird, a beautiful large black pheasant with a metallic green head and a chestnut tail.

First and last view of Everest

First and last view of Everest

Lower suspension bridge over the Dudh Khosi taken from the higher bridge

Lower suspension bridge over the Dudh Khosi Gorge

We had our last look of Everest at the resting spot on the way down. We crossed the high bridge again across the Dudh Khosi gorge. The fourth time over it I was still glad to get off however Sam stands in the middle looking over at the view.

Back down on the old river bed we posed  for a photo together and watched some of the porters with huge loads of building materials slowly make their way up to cross the bridge.

The suspension bridges across to Namche Bazaar

The trainer and me heading back down to Lukla

We stopped at Monjo Lodge where we had stayed on the first trek and another place that I felt a connection to. Waiting for lunch in the garden in the sun we took some more happy snaps feeling relaxed, fit and happy. The trainer, yes my husband Sam looked really relaxed in the photos, his job was done. His training and planning had got us up and back without mishap. Following the no more than 300 metres increase in altitude a night had been a key factor I am sure.

Porters carrying building materials up the trail

Porters carrying building materials up the trail

Garden at Monjo Lodge Everest BAse Camp trek

Waiting for lunch in the garden at Monjo Lodge

Lodge in Phakding EBC trail

The lodge we stayed in Phakding on the way up and on the way down

 

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9 thoughts on “Savouring the Last Days of the Trail

  1. I get goose bumps looking at Everest (especially the 3rd photo) and that suspension bridge would have killed me. I am in awe! I have a bunch of questions about how you planned this trip and preparation but they’ll probably be answered if I keep reading.

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    • I am so glad Caroline. Yes they probably will be. I am trying to do a written post a week.I have a couple in draft almost ready to go and I am planning so posts to pull it all together. But ask away because you may ask something that I haven’t thought of. I have 25 reasons to travel to Base Camp going up on Wednesday.

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        • LOL. Yes that might idea but the problem is I never finished those posts. I have to go back to them.The reason why and the story of turning back is not really there because i was trying to keep with the training posts. I lost the way 😦 for while there. It’s not that exciting, the turning back, it didn’t involve helicopters thankfully, or donkeys!! There is another couple of posts in the making.

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