Mental Preparation and Climbing Slowly to Namche Bazaar is Key to a Successful EBC Trek
People planning to trek to Everest Base Camp read about the steep 600 metre climb to Namche Bazaar after crossing the high bridge over the Dudh Kosi river and gorge.
why you need to climb to Namche bazaar slowly
The climb is so steep you can’t do anything but go slow. And it is not a race. So if you know you have a long slow climb, that people, animals and porters need to take it in turns to cross a very high suspension bridge and you need to give way to people and animals on a path than is steep and can have parts that need to be negotiated with care then you are half way. Because knowing what is ahead of you is half the challenge. You are mentally prepared and need only to take your time and rest at the strategic resting spots and enjoy the slow and strenuous walk. You will be rewarded by some stunning views and the interesting and picturesque town of Namche Bazaar which you enjoy and where you can “rest” and acclimatise for two days.
The spot above is a must rest spot and great spot for the iconic photo taken before on your trek up to Namche and after on your return from Base Camp.
Rushing and not giving way to others and especially to animals is dangerous. Move well out of the way and find a safe place to stand when you hear animals approaching. The yaks, donkeys and horses wear bells to give you time to find a good place on the inside side of the trail.
That’s me and our lovely porter guide right behind me. Checking my watch. Not becasue I’m in a hurry but because I need to note the time we take to climb the 600metres to be able to record it for this post! Which I then forgot to write down.
Make sure you rest for a while where the fruit sellers and toilets are half way up. Yes that’s me buying an apple in 2013 on our first time up the trail. And sooner than you realise you will have reached the top of the climb to Namche Bazaar.
There is an alternate way in. We didn’t know the first time because we were trekking totally independently without a porter guide. Dumb decision. So we walked up this very steep climb.
That’s me with the orange scarf and orange coloured backpack in 2013.
My diary entry for this day in 2018 was simply.
Day 2 Monjo – Namche Bazaar 8:30 – 1:00.
That’s it. That’s all I wrote because we had walked up for the third time and we well knew, the sights and rest stops and just how strenuous it was. The step and hill training I have talked about in our training for EBC posts mean that you will get up there without aching all over. You will be tired and want to rest on your bed for while but you won’t be all aches and pains. That a message for people of every age. if you are young don’t just automatically think you have got it covered.
So the climb to Namche Bazaar took us four and half hours with lots of rests and taking our time. That was from Monjo and that is why we decided to make a longer day of it the day before on Day One. We had arrived in on the first group of planes in for the day and had made such good time into Phakding that after lunch we decided to just keep on going. And importantly we knew what to expect and were mentally prepared for the extra effort to get further along the trail but not to increase too much in altitude.