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Prayer flags above Dingboche. Lhotse and Island Peak in the background.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Enjoying life in Namche Bazaar

Today we took a hike up to a small village above Namche Bazaar and then continued up to a memorial for Sir Edmund Hillary who died a couple of years ago and his wife and daughter who died in 1975 in a plane crash. The Hillary family had planned to spend a year in Nepal building schools and a hospital when this tragedy took their lives. The memorials (called chortens) are way up very high on a narrow ridge with beautiful views all around.

We then descended back to Khunde, visited the hospital that Hillary built, walked to Kumjung and toured one of the many schools that Hillary built, continued on to a bakery and enjoyed some great conversation and pastries. I then walked with Lien, a friend from Singapore to the Everest View Hotel where we enjoyed a nice lunch before returning to our hotel in Namche Bazaar. Since we hadn't eaten in almost two hours, we got some pizza! Now I am off to dinner. Five meals a day seems like a nice lifestyle!

Tomorrow morning we will walk four or five hours to Tengboche and visit the monastery and bakery before walking a little further to Debuche for a two-day rest. We are moving higher in slow steps to avoid altitude related problems.

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