Trek Day 4-Namche to Phortse

Leaving Namche today to continue our trek to Base Camp. It was onwards and always upwards right after breakfast with a full stomach is challenging to climb up and up and up! It was a steady climb, the path in places clinging to the side of a steep slope. B-1 commented that it looked like a great ski hill in the winter, very steep and nasty. The views of Ama Dablam were spectacular rising 22,493 ft from the valley below. Approaching the Mong-La (pass) we stop for lunch at the Mountain View Lodge & Restaurant. We could see Phortse, the village we are staying at tonight, from the restaurant, looking down across the valley. After lunch it was a very steep downhill to the River below and then up again to reach Phortse. At the River crossing Kevin challenged B-1 to do ten pull-ups while hanging from the under side of the bridge over the raging River and Kevin would have to carry his backpack up the hill to Phortse. After ripping off ten of the best B-1 handed Kevin his pack and offered to carry mine instead, thanks B-1! Panuru, our Sherpa guide, is from Phortse and we are staying at his Guest House with his wife. While Kevin, Ake and Panuru went off to rock climb near by, we settled into our room, showered and read. Continue reading