This post is way overdue, but I guess it is better to be late than never. After I finished my PhD, Sam and I went to Nepal where we managed to do some cool traveling. We took a trip with my mom to her village, Thame and Tengboche along the route to the Everest base camp (we didn’t make it to the base camp but someday!). This post is about the trip from Lukla to Namche and I will try to post about the trip to Thame and Tengboche later. I want to share some of our pictures from that trip and hope it will encourage some of you to travel to the beautiful parts of Nepal.
This is how our itinerary looked. From Lukla to Namche bazzar can take 2 to 3 days hiking depending on how you want to enjoy your trip. I suggest taking more time and enjoying the scenery along the way.
Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Hike from Lukla to Monjo.
Day 2: Monjo to Phakding.
Day 3: Phagding to Namche (hike around Namche)
Day 4: Namche to Tengboche
Day 5: Tengboche to Namche
Day 6: Namche to Thame
Day 7: Thame to Namche
Day 8: Namche to Phakding
Day 9: Phakding to Lukla
Day 10: Lukla to Phaplu airport, then hiked to Solu, Sallery (my dad’s village). I will have to do another post about Solu, Sallery.
First a map showing the points we visited during this trek. Click on the map to load this area in Google Maps. Mt. Everest is about 12 miles North West of where we were in Tengboche. Points on the map are: A-Lukla, B-Namche, C-Tengboche, D-Thamu, and E-Phaplu.
Off we go! Arrived at Lukla! Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous airport in the world. We had tea with our family friends. They have a wonderful hotel right next to the airport. Tribute to Pasang Lamu Sherpa (First lady to climb Mt Everest)
As soon as we arrived to Lukla, we started hiking to Monjo. You will find these huge carved and painted rocks along the way, which makes the journey very different and memorable. Lady watering her garden. Beautiful kids on the way to Monjo.Only mode of transportation that doesn’t involve carrying it on your back. If you are hiking in the Sherpa village, tea time is a must. Here Sam is resting and waiting for his tea to arrive with no shoes on! Typical Sherpa Kitchen. Very beautiful. Lots of large pots show wealth of the family.Mom and I totally tired. Enjoying Rara (instant noodle) for lunch. Outhouse. More kidsThese days you can find any kind of accommodation catering to all sorts of people. From Monjo to Phakding. Phakding.
We stayed at the hotel of our family friend in Phakding. One of the best place I have been to. If I have to stay for a month doing nothing, I would go to Phakding. Herd of yaks.FarmingAnother Sherpa kitchen!
Butter tea. Sherpa people drink butter tea that contains salt, milk and butter. This warm drink provides extra calories for the arduous hiking and long walks. Sam reading a map and enjoying his butter tea. One of my favorite pictures. After we arrived to Phakding. We ate potato bread and butter tea for snack. This was amazing. Sam eating his breakfast which consists of hard boiled eggs and porridge called champa made from a combination of grains (wheat, millet, barley and soy). These are baked and ground into a rough powder which was traditionally carried in a pouch by travelling Sherpas. It is then mixed with butter tea to form either a porridge, or a dough like substance (called pak) and eaten. The taste is much like wheat based porridge except more salty with a little butter from the tea. Some people also add sugar, however it is very expensive in this part of the world.
This little kid loved cookies and kept wanting more even though his hands were full. Then a herd of yaks came and scared him. Almost worn out after a long day of hiking. Prayer flags and kathas covered this bridge. When the wind blows (which is pretty much all the time in these canyons), it carries prayers to heaven. Enjoying Rara for lunch again! Picture time! Traditional farming. Finally made it to Namche. Namche bazzar is quite a popular tourist destination in Nepal. Sam showing off his leopard printed hat. Sam and I on the hill top overlooking Namche.
If you would like more information about traveling in Nepal, don’t hesitate to contact me. My parents were in the trekking industry for many years and have a number of good contacts. I would be more than happy to put you in contact with them.