Third Everest Base Camp Team Enjoying Luxury
Shayan Rohani here reporting from Namche Bazaar with the 2012 Everest Base Camp group #3.
So far it has been a great trip and a great group. We have 11 participants ranging from 13 to 70 years old, as well as a great mix of Canadian, American, and British trekkers.
Kathmandu was hot and rainy and a bit quieter than normal due to a national strike protesting the lack of a promised constitution for the last 4 years. There is talk of postponing another year at the end of the month. It was kind of nice with traffic shut down, it was walking or rickshaw only. Relatively organized chaos!
With all the rain, we were very concerned about getting our flight to Lukla but the weather cleared just in time and we left the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu for the peace and tranquility of the Sherpa culture thriving in the Khumbu Valley.
Namche Bazaar. Deana Zabaldo photo
The group has been blown away by the special treatment MM Nepal provides it’s clients including wake up tea and eucalyptus steam towels before every meal. I must say the staff really does do an excellent job making the journey much more comfortable than imagined.
Today we had an acclimatization hike above Namche to the Everest View hotel for a cup of very delicious tea and our first views of Mount Everest. It was very clear and we soaked in the views for about an hour before the afternoon clouds started to obscure the summit.
It seems to be shaping up to be a very poor climbing season. They only recently have established camp 4 and the lines to camp 4 have yet to be fixed to the summit. It has been a very dry year making rockfall the main objective hazard. There have been 5 lives taken on the mountain already and we have begun to see a few climbers retreating homeward.
Tomorrow we will head out for Thengboche, my personal favorite village with its beautiful monastery and rhododendron forest tucked brilliantly below Ama Dablam standing as a sentinel high above.
I will try and make contact in 3 days or so but for now take care and enjoy your springtime.