Everest Base Camp Trek:  Day 3 – Rest Day in Namche Bazaar

Everest Base Camp Trek: Day 3 – Rest Day in Namche Bazaar

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Clouds obscuring our view of Everest and Ama Dablam.

Bedtime Room Temperature: 59 F
Morning Room Temperature:  51 F

Day 3 of our trek was a built in rest/acclimatization day in Namche.  We were up for breakfast at 8am and then there was an optional hike up to the top of Namche where we would hopefully have views of Ama Dablam, Everest and a few other peaks.  It was about a 2 hour round trip hike up a lot of steps.  We really grew to despise steps.  Hiking up an incline wasn’t too bad, but steps really take a toll on you.  I suppose that’s why stair climber machines are good exercise.  Unfortunately, as would seem to become the norm for our trek, when we got up to the top the view of all of the peaks were obscured by clouds.  One of our docs who had been to Nepal 13 times would later say he’d never seen this many cloudy days in a row.  Lucky us.

Here is a picture of the Tenzing Norgay memorial up atop of Namche.  There are lots of cool mountain peaks back there that you can’t see.  We hung out up there for awhile and then headed back down into town.

DSC00409A few of us spied a path that lead higher up and wanted to go check it out and see if we could get some better views of Namche.  We had to do a little negotiating with our guides to let us go up along.  Three of us wanted to head up higher while the rest of the group went back down.  They wanted to send a guide up with us, but after assuring several of them that we really would be ok on our own we were finally allowed to go alone.  Unfortunately the view wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for and was partially blocked by trees.

We made it back down into town for lunch, followed by free times.  We had several lectures that day including orthopedic injuries, lightning strikes and cold water drowning.  We had 17 hours of medical education lecture throughout the trip, usually an hour or two per day depending on how much free time we had.

By the time we got to Namche many people’s colons were starting to become unhappy that they were having to deal with and process food from Nepal.  It lasted about a week for most of us.

It was starting to get a little cooler now.  Our shorts and t-shirts weather was coming to an end.  I tried to take a shower that night, but apparently the lodge was out of hot water so no luck.  I had the same deal the next morning so it was time for me to start getting used to not showering and cleaning off with some of the body wipes I’d brought.  I suppose I was cleaner than before I wiped myself off, but I don’t think it was by much.  They weren’t quite everything that the Amazon reviews had led me to believe.

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