Day 13: Lumde to Namche – 11,290 feet

There is nothing quite like a long down with the opportunity of a shower at the end! Officially completed the last leg of the Himalayan circuit with return to Namche. Last shower was here 8 days ago! Blissfully wonderful to get clean, even if it meant wearing clothes that were the least soiled. I have fully clean clothes back in Kathmandu. The trail down was typically a mix of rocky and dirt paths, with some stone steps in the mix that really tax the knees. Passed a number of small towns, most of which that are actively engaged in potato planting, a commonly grown crop in the Himalaya. I learned that women do most of the farming and that was my observation. As I understand it, men tend to be porters or join the army.

The day was again clear. I guess I spun enough Buddhist prayer wheels and passed on the left into and out of towns to shine good fortune on us most of the time weather wise 😊. Mountains are equally amazing on the west side of the national park, despite their most famous brethren on the other side of the range we traversed. Also much less visited than the other side’s “highway” to basecamp. Folks that way don’t do the high passes, the most difficult non-technical climbing as I noted in an earlier blog post. The passes are also higher than Everest Base Camp. Arrived Namche around 1:30pm for a late lunch, shower, and final shop-up before we beeline it tomorrow on the long haul to Lukla (took us 2 days to come up) and a flight to Kathmandu the morning after. is nothing quite like a long down with the opportunity of a shower at the end! Officially completed the last leg of the Himalayan circuit with return to Namche. Last shower was here 8 days ago! Blissfully wonderful to get clean, even if it meant wearing clothes that were the least soiled. I have fully clean clothes back in Kathmandu. The trail down was typically a mix of rocky and dirt paths, with some stone steps in the mix that really tax the knees. Passed a number of small towns, most of which that are actively engaged in potato planting, a commonly grown crop in the Himalaya. I learned that women do most of the farming and that was my observation. As I understand it, men tend to be porters or join the army. The day was again clear. I guess I spun enough Buddhist prayer wheels and passed on the left into and out of towns to shine good fortune on us most of the time weather wise 😊. Mountains are equally amazing on the west side of the national park, despite their most famous brethren on the other side of the range we traversed. Also much less visited than the other side’s “highway” to basecamp. Folks that way don’t do the high passes, the most difficult non-technical climbing as I noted in an earlier blog post. The passes are also higher than Everest Base Camp. Arrived Namche around 1:30pm for a late lunch, shower, and final shop-up before we beeline it tomorrow on the long haul to Lukla (took us 2 days to come up) and a flight to Kathmandu the morning after.

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