EBC Day 10, Phortse to Namchee Bazaar
Finally a rest-full night. My energy is returning, so it’s my appetite. I wolf on Tibetian Bread, a simple Elephant Ear-like fried dough, my favorite breakfast in Nepal. They eat it sweet here with honey, jam or butter.
Dorji tells us that the high point of today is only about 200 meters higher than where we are now. From there it will be an easy descent all the way to Namche. He forgets to mention the bad news, that before we can start the climb, we have to cross the river first. The river flows all the way down the valley, some 200 meters below us. To cross it, we have to get to it, thus our elevation gain for the day quickly doubles.
From a distance the uphill seems daunting. Narrow trail on a steep exposed slope. Anxiety starts creeping in my mind – should we have gone back the same way we trekked in, through Tenchboche on the other side of the valley?
In reality the trail is well thread and wide enough to erase all the worry. We make the uphill in just little over an hour, and we surprise ourselves again after lunch when Dorji tells us it’s another couple hours to Namche and we cover the distance in half of that time.
I like Namche. I like its vibe, the mix of languages spoken on the streets, and the saddle tones of the Tibetan mantra Om Mani Padme Hum playing from the storefronts. And I like the hot chocolate at the German bakery, one stop we cannot miss before we leave.