World's Top Motorcycle Dealer

World's Top Motorcycle Dealer
Prayer flags above Dingboche. Lhotse and Island Peak in the background.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kathmandu to Lukla to Namche Bazaar to Thame

October 24, 2015

The team all arrived safely in Kathmandu where we enjoyed several days of sightseeing, shopping and eating some great meals.  On Monday we took a trip around Kathmandu in a van and saw all the important sighs. Most importantly we had a very informative and moving tour of the Tiny Hands facility.  We learned a lot about the magnitude of the sex trafficking in Nepal, how it happens and how Tiny Hands is trying to stop it.  This is truly a heartbreaking tragedy for Nepal's beautiful young girls. Please strongly consider sending some money to Tiny Hands International and rest assured that they are good stewards of your donation.  On average, $100 will save an innocent girl's life.

On Wednesday we flew by helicopter to Lukla, the world's most dangerous commercial airport. The helicopter ride is my way of minimizing this danger, plus it is a very exciting way to travel. After a big breakfast, we walked about 2 1/2 hours to Phakding and stayed in a nice lodge with attached bathrooms and showers.

We got up early on Thursday and headed to Namche Bazaar.  There is a relentless hill leading into Namche and I thought it best to climb it before the sun warmed things up too much. Everyone did super well and we arrived ahead of the normal allotted time. We stayed in the beautiful Panorama Lodge and reveled in luxury, sleeping in beds with sheets and blankets, but the nicest part was the electric heating pad under the bottom sheet.  Things got so toasty that we were throwing our thick blankets aside.  The family who owns the lodge treated us like royalty.

Friday morning saw us walking less than ten minutes out onto a small hilltop for truly world class views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.  The skies were cloud free and it was just gorgeous.  Next up was a leisurely four hour walk to the villages of Khumjung and Khunde.  We visited the Hillary school and the medical clinic and true to our eating trek we had a nice lunch.  Finally, we visited the weekly bazaar and had some treats from the Namche bakery.

On Saturday we walked about 3 1/2 hours to Thame where we have again found a nice lodge with great rooms.  Continuing the patten set by our team, everyone arrived in significantly less time than normal.  Most have taken another hot shower and are spending the afternoon reading and relaxing.

Everyone is healthy and happy and we are really enjoying our adventure.

Robert Kay

No comments:

Post a Comment