Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles.
Acclimatization day trekking around Namche Bazaar.
I was there for the famed Saturday Market. Cheap goods from China were being hawked by colourful Tibetan traders in the main market ground.
… But it seemed to me that there was no difference between Saturday and every other day of the week. The Tibetans were camped out semi-permanently while I was there. (They did a lot of drinking on the Friday night.)
A secondary local market was open Saturday morning, mainly Nepalis selling food stuffs.
I toured fascinating Namche town first. The small Buddhist gompa is lovely.
Next I did an acclimatization hike called Sherpa Villages of Khumbu. (4hrs)
It started with an off-trail scramble up to the quarries of Zarok. Weird and beautiful.
I was keen to see the seldom used airfield above town built specifically for the ill-fated Everest View Hotel. This Japanese project proposed to fly guests into this airstrip at 3800m directly from Kathmandu, using pressurised rooms and piped oxygen to combat altitude sickness. The Hotel was open, but I didn’t see many guests.
Surprisingly, a plane flew in to the Shyangboche airstrip. It unloaded everything, even the wings.
Climbing over a ridge I came upon one of the cleanest, best organized villages in the Khumbu.
Khunde and neighbouring Khumjung were by far the least littered towns I saw. Perhaps it’s the influence of Sir Edmund’s school.
All-in-all this rest day was one of the very best of the entire trip.
all photos from day 4
… on to day 5