Kathmandu to Namche Bazar

Day 1 (Lukla to Phakding)

The trek has started! We flew from Kathmandu to Lukla by helicopter.

Lukla airport from the helicopter. Kinda glad we took a helicopter!

We walked out of Lukla headed for our first tea house/lodge just north of Phakding.

Leaving Lukla via Main Street.

This was supposed to be an easy afternoon hike but I was suffering from a stomach thing so got no sleep the night before. After talking to our guides (Vern and Carole Tejas) I gave my pack to a Sherpa guide (Ang Gyalzen) who carried the rest of the day. I also started taking an antibiotic.

Getting passed by locals carrying serious loads.

Our first accommodations were basic but nice. No heat or potable water but toilets and mattresses to lay our sleeping bags on.

Our first night!

Day 2 (Phakding to Namche Bazar)

Lovely day and our first view of Everest! I woke up feeling much better and we had a great day of hiking in beautiful weather.

Crossing one of the many bridges on the trek to Namche Bazar

This was a big elevation day – Namche is at 11,300′ but we probably had a total of 5,000 feet of ascent today.

Entering the park.

We are spending two nights in Namche doing a 1000′ acclimatization hike on the second day. This is also a good spot to do a little shopping.

Downtown Namche Bacar
View of Namche from the hill above the town
View from Namche

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