Day 2 Phakding 2625m. to Namche Bazaar 3440m.
We were up early after a warm cosy night despite gaps in the thin walls. At least the doonas were good. Not bad value at $2.00USD for double room per night.
Lots of up and down during the morning passing new and old buildings in various states or repair and construction. There are many new buildings happening.
Even the Mani Walls had been damaged by the earthquake.
Crossing this suspension bridge the girls got caught by a mule train half way across. A little bit squishy but the mules were unfazed by the drop below them.
We had a break at the NP Entrance checkpoint while Nima purchased our trekking Permits. He had had no time in Kathmandu to do this prior.
We had an early bowl of soup before the big climb up to Namche Bazaar started. Then it was up down and up some more along the river. The school kids didn’t seemed phased at all with their long walk to school.
Pema let us off walking to the left of this Mani Wall. She was in her home territory now so was wearing her traditional clothing.
The high double suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi marked the beginning of the steep ascent.
Then it was a slow steady climb through more rhododendron forests, magnolia and blossoming apple trees.
The rain stayed away as we walked up into the clouds and we arrived at NB at 1500. Again evidence of much new construction. Sue and Jon couldn’t believe it was the same place they last visited 8 years ago. Narrow streets with lined with trekking shops, coffee shops and convenience stores. Hard to believe nearly everything is walked in.
Settled into Sona Lodge and tried my first Yak Steak. Had to be tender because it had been beaten to almost a pulp but it tasted ok.