Namche Bazaar to Khunde
Namche B: 11,286ft / 3,440m
Khunde: 12,700t / 3,880m
Distance: 2km / 1.24mi
Active time taken: 3 hours
This day began on a fabulous note as we got the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Kancha Sherpa (2nd pic)! He's the last surviving member of the 1953 Everest Expedition headed by Hillary and Norgay, the first people to climb mount Everest!!! Kancha Sherpa, at that time only 20, was one of the key members of the forward team who established routes that helped the big guys conquer Everest! He's around 85 years old now. He regaled us with his fantastic stories ❤ I had goosebumps and tears! He personified human courage and team-spirit and explained to us how without either, you're nothing in the mountains! That made us value, respect and love our team a little more! A tragic fact about the legendary man - he's been on Everest 17 times but never summitted it! He never had enough money to buy himself the permit required for summit 😣 For his entire story, you've got to watch the full 2nd episode of I Can You Can on Viu.
The trek to Khunde was a steep and strange one - we were trekking up a big mountain that had red, muddy trails, no rocks, very little vegetation and in the first half hour of the trek, heavy clouds descended on us and visibility became 0! I felt I was on the sets of The Mist. It was cold, creepy and EXHAUSTING! I could feel the thin air with every breath 😏 it seemed like I could never get one full breath of oxygen! We crossed the airstrip at Syangboche, the highest in the world and I remember thinking that I wouldn't mind being airlifted to EBC 😋
We reached Khunde around 2pm and the cloud cover, almost as if on purpose, had lifted slightly and the stunning green hamlet presented itself as a postcard! It was definitely one of the most picturesque places I've ever seen 😍 but the biting cold (-1°c at 2 in the afternoon!) got me hurrying to our teahouse like a rat scurrying for cover from the predators! The down-jackets were out for the first time.
The teahouse was nice but my room, which was on the top floor of the lodge, was unbearably cold...
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