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

Friday, April 2, 2010

Taking it easy in Namche Bazaar

Yesterday we flew from Kathmandu to Lukla and it was almost too easy to be true. The normal situation involves hours of waiting, rumors of the flights being canceled due to bad weather, and absolute chaos everywhere. Yesterday we left the hotel at 5:15 am, arrived at the airport at 5:30 and waited outside for about 15 minutes while someone got out boarding passes. We then took our bags to the check in counter, went through the non-existent security (they just looked at us and waived us through!) and we were airborne by 6:30 and in Lukla by 7:10. We had to wait till 9 because two of the bags missed the plane and then we were off.

We strolled to Lukla, stopping on the way for a nice lunch and were there by about 1 in the afternoon. My room had its own bathroom (very unusual in the Khumbu, or anywhere else in Nepal outside of Kathmandu and Pokhara) and I enjoyed a nice shower and just relaxed all afternoon. Today we hiked to Namche Bazaar and it only took 3 1/2 hours if you don't count our 2 hour lunch! I took another shower, turned in my dirty clothes to be washed and enjoyed a nice pastry and now I am waiting for dinner! Life so far is very easy.

I met a lady in our hotel from Perth, my hometown in Australia. She and her husband are accompanying their son to Base Camp and he will be climbing Everest.

We will spend three nights here in Namche Bazaar to do a little acclimatizing and then we move again.

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