We spent 3 nights in Namche. On our first day we did an acclimatization hike up to the Everest view lodge at about 12,782′. It was a very nice lodge, and we had coffee but Everest was hidden in clouds. The next day on out rest day we went to the Namche bazar where people come from villages all over the area to buy and sell goods. It was exciting to see the town so alive. Later that afternoon some of us went up to the Sherpa museum where they had all sorts of artifacts from the Nepal why of life long ago. Loretta and I found a bakery (Nepal is known for their bakeries) and we sat out on a patio having coffee and a pastry looking up at the high peaks of the Himalayas that surround Namche. We have been having great food, and if you are ever passing the Khumbu lodge in Namche you have to stop in and have the chicken chilli plate. It is amazing.
Today went trekked to our next village, Deboche. Deboche is at about 12,500′, And we will be here for two nights. There was also another good climb up to Deboche, but that is expected I guess if we are ever going to get to Base Camp at 17,500 . On the way to Deboche we rounded a corner and there she was, EVEREST! It was still quite a ways away, but what a sight! You could see the ploom blowing off of her summit. Tomorrow we are going back up the trail a ways to the Tengboche Monastery, which we pasted on the way in. I am excited for two reasons. One, we may get a meeting with the Lama if he is there. And two, at the monastery is the highest Bakery in the world, and I plan on having the apple strudel aaand chocolate cake.
So far the trek in is going very smoothly. The whole idea is for me to get to base camp feeling well, without any injuries or illnesses. Loretta are feeling fine and are climbing well.