The First View

IMG wisely adheres to the motto, go slowly to the top. We would be spending three days in Namche. Today, though, we went to the Khumjung Gompa. A Gompa is a fortified place of worship for Buddhists. And, given how the Tibetans are being treated in China, it sounds like a good idea. The hikeContinue reading “The First View”

Phakding to Namche Bazar

Leaving Phakding for Namche, April 1, 2012 We were in the trail by 8 since the trail to Namche Bazar, at 11,352 feet, would be one of our longest, and have the most vertical gain of our travels up the Khumbu valley. Shortly before I left, I had decided to check into nailing down aContinue reading “Phakding to Namche Bazar”

On to Lukla

Flight to Lukla March 31, 2012 After two days of breathing the pollution and absorbing the noise, it was time to hit the trail.a We were rolling by 4:30, debut I was still the last person out with my duffle bag. Head guide Eric Simonson’s eyes bugged out since the bags had left 45 minutesContinue reading “On to Lukla”