Namaste from Namche Bazar, Nepal
By Marty Schmidt, Em's Power Cookies muncher
This place of trade from the old days to the now major hub of modern ways for trekkers and climbers from around the world is always wonderful to come back to. Our team arrived yesterday from Monjo, feeling fit and happy after arriving to this altitude of 3,450 meters. With beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills, one can just sit, be still and enjoy the moment.
We just had a great rest today which included a day walk to the upper towns to visit the Hillary Hospital and the Hillary School. A lot of work from people around the world has been happening here since the 1950s, having big influences from the expeditions that came here in the past to modern teams that are still coming to this magical land.
Our team of 12 clients and 3 guides, from 9 different nations are working well together, with everyday preparing for the higher mountain. We leave for Pingboche tomorrow, having a Lama Blessing for our team along the way. We’ll sleep beneath Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. After this it will be 2 more lodge stays with Dingboche and Loboche, before heading into our Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall. With all this behind us, we will work hard and get sorted with our camps during the next 6 weeks so that when summit attempt is upon us all, we will be ready. Our camps will be; camp 1, 6000 meters; camp 2, 6400 meters; camp 3, 7100 meters and then with the highest camp 4 being at 7900 meters.
Like I mentioned in the past dispatches, communications are not going to be like they were in the past, being limited to use. But I will get words out to my son Denali, with cell phone calls, text messages and with emails when I drop down valley to an internet café. He will then post these words out to you all.
Thanks for following along with us as we ascend towards the 8000 meter realm upon Mt Everest. I will try to post a photo from our trek in, but not sure how slow the system will be, not sure if it will get out. I send great thoughts and many blessing to all of you from the Himalayas.
PS, I want to give thanks to my son Denali, who is generously giving some of his valuable time between his studies to get these dispatches out to you. Thank you Denali for your help, I know that I appreciate it and I know everyone else does as well. Also like to give many thanks to Daan at Macpac for helping with my past dispatches from around the world. Thanks Big Daan.
Published by Emily M. on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 in In the Media. Comments: 0
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