A realisation of the hard work Nepalese people do!
02/07/2012 - 02/07/2012
The morning walk was stunning, we stopped for lunch and sampled the Noodle soup. We met the Hong Kong boys again - Nic, Liam and Marco. They showed us a card game brought from 2 Austrians. This card game became a saviour later on in the trip!
We had a long climb up hill today, which started with boarder control where there was a picture of a young man who had been missing for 2 months and was a friend of Tanka's brother who was Buddhist and gone on a retreat alone.
The climb was relentless, up and up winding through beautiful forests, we had to keep stopping with Tanka's breath not even raised and my little bag started to feel like 50kgs. The path took about 2 1/2 hours zig zagging up the mountain side over rocks, around ancient trees with Tanka giving us updates on how long is left before the gentle slope. We reached the view point below Namche Bazar in hope of seeing Everest but the clouds prevented our view but we had sun for our whole day. We rested for a while to get over the vertical climb and were caught up by the 3 sprightly Hong Kong boys! We set off up the 'gentle' slope.. Which was not gentle and still as tough, winding through and over exposed tree roots on sandy ground. Finally we reached Namche Bazar which included more vertical climb which we slowly walked with very small steps! We met some workers resting from carrying gigantic packages of goods, weighing in total 145kgs - they got paid 30Rs per kilo and did the trek three times a week! Tommy tried to lift the goods but couldn't even stand.