Monday, June 8, 2015

Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Trevor arrived in Lukla yesterday and immediately set out with Mingma on the trek toward Phortse. Having left Kathmandu (4,600 feet) and landed in Lukla (9,383 feet) he gained a serious chunk of altitude right at the get go. Everest climbers usually descend at that point to the village of Phakding (8,500 feet) to sleep and acclimate for a night. But Trevor and Mingma trekked the entire 18 miles to Namche Bazaar (11,286 feet) in one day! Damn!

He wrote "Mingma keeps the pace and I bounce around taking too many photos and asking too many questions and it's just great. Check the suspension bridge in the background, one of many - lots of fun. Too tired for hashtags today."

Trevor will rest for a day in Namche, where he can find a decent meal and a cup of strong coffee. Then it's off to Phortse. 

As Trevor's father, I feel something special stir inside of me as he walks the foot steps I took to Everest. Some aspect of that important chapter in my life becomes tangible to Trevor, speaking to him of the spiritual pilgrimage through the Khumbu that is, in many respects, much larger than the mountain. 

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