Day 15 ~ Namche Bazar

Three Passes of Everest: Day 15
It is so much warmer and I feel so much stronger as we descend. We are back in the forest with wild flowers and green trees along the trail. The day started out warm and sunny. After lunch in Thame, clouds rolled in and embraced us.  For the rest of the day we walked in the mist.  It took eight hours from Lundgen (14,371 ft) to Namche Bazar (11,286 ft) with one hour for lunch in the village of Thame.

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Path to the Light
Mike hikes in the misty forest.

Day 14 ~ Renjo Pass (17,500 ft)

Today’s walk was a highlight of the trip!  The climb from Gokyo (15,774 ft) to Renjo Pass (17,500 ft) was slow and tedious. It took 4 hours of step-step-rest/breathe, step-step-rest/breathe, step-step-rest/breathe.  When it became steeper, I took one step for every breath. On the way up we kept looking behind us as the immense summit of Everest grew over the already magnificent peaks.  On Renjo Pass, we had our last and best views of Mt. Everest.  The day was clear with no clouds over Everest!  After the pass, we started our descent. We would not be this high again and I didn’t want to leave the high altitude beauty.  I was savoring every moment as we descended past lakes and ledges to the village of Lundgen (14,371 ft).  It was the one of the best walks ever!

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Everest over Gokyo
Mt. Everest towers above Gokyo.