We left our luxurious lodge by about 8am, after a two course breakfast of porridge and omelette with baked beans, and set out for Namche Bazaar (3440m). We saw our first snow capped mountain too. You look up and see a big mountain and you think 'wow thats big'. Then you realise that what you thought was blue sky behind the big mountain is in fact a giant snow capped mountain in the hazy distance, dwarfing the 'big' one you were just admiring. I didn't know mountains could get so big. We're not even anywhere near Everest yet!!
The morning's walk was very pleasant with an alarming amount of downhill progress. This only meant we'd be climbing back up later in the day. We followed the river and passed through some beautiful towns.
Sure enough the uphill climb began after lunch. We stopped passing through towns and we're now just surrounded by pine and rhododendron forest.
Then came the last river crossing. You'll see in the photo two bridges. We were heading for the higher one. Of course.
We arrived at Namche Bazaar after an entire afternoon of walking through nothing but forest. The size of the town was pretty astonishing, given that it was so remote. Pete said it had just about doubled in size since he was here in 2008.
We stay here for two nights in order to acclimatise to the altitude, and it is our last opportunity for hot* showers and cosy rooms. *We're leaving this morning and tragically I've yet to experience this elusive hot shower. Luke warm and tepid were the best I got. Nevermind, it's a warm up to showering out of a bowl.