Greetings from the "Gateway to the Himalayas" the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, the hub of trading activity in the Solu Khumbu Valley. This is our second day at the Panorama Lodge and here's the picturesque view from our room to show that the place has been appropriately named:
We spent about six hours hiking up here from the village of Phakding yesterday going from approximately 8,700' to 11,300' with colorful scenery every step of the way:
Not only has Daniel brought smiles to countless Sherpa children along the trail thanks to his non-traditional hiking garb, he has kept our entire team laughing hysterically at every meal. We continue to be impressed and entertained by the TV theme songs he sings with improvised lyrics Daniel has created incorporating the members of our Burke Khang team. We are all happy and healthy and adjusting fine to the altitude so far. This morning we took a short hike gaining approx. 1,300 vertical feet above Namche to further acclimate and also get our first views of Mt. Everest. For the seven members of our group who have stood on her summit, as well as the four who were seeing the majesty of this mountain in person for the first time, the sight is equally spectacular.
Tomorrow we will continue our upward march to the village of Khumjung, and will keep you posted sometime over the next few days as the Burke Khang First Ascent Expedition continues. Thanks for following along!
Paul & Denise