Everest Trek: Namche Bazaar to Gokyo

We arrived at Namche Bazaar and checked in to the Hotel Namche, one of the larger trekking lodges in town.  We were going to be in Namche for two nights, as this was one of our accilmatization stops.

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Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the Everest region – and the last place with email!  Aaaargh!

That evening I got horrendously sick from eating somthing.  My money was on the yak steak I’d had for dinner, but I later found out someone else had got sick from the same glazed pastry I’d bought from a local bakery.  Even though I was as sick as a dog the next morning, I knew I had to acclimatize and begun the day hike into the hills above the village.  I didn’t last long.  Dad went on and saw, among other things, some views of Ama Dablam and a yeti skull in a local monastery.

The next day we had to push on even though I wasn’t well at all, and it was a hard day’s walk to the tiny farming village of Phortse Thanga, near the mouth of the Gokyo valley.  The next few days we slowly made our way up the valley, only ascending 300m a day as per the acclimatization guidelines.  Even though we were there in trekking season, it was a pleasant surprise to find the valley almost empty of trekkers and tourists.

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The village of Gokyo, with Cho Oyu beyond.  The "hill" behind the village is actually the glacial moraine!

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