Part 19 - Back to Namche Bazar
The next day we woke up in glorious sunshine, but the weather was changing; a very cold wind was blowing into the valley; we had to protect ourselves from the sun and the strong winds. We moved quite fast down the hill and looking up we were amazed how far we had come down. Going down hill goes a lot faster, but you have to watch not falling over the rocks.
We saw people coming up who looked completely exhausted. One couple we met on the trek stopped and returned. We choose to take a different route back, through a wide river valley and had lunch in Pheriche. Pheriche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers. Pheriche was primarily a farming village raising potatoes and buckwheat, and keeping yaks. However, in the summer many of its men are employed by trekkers as guides and bearers. There are also many lodges where trekkers and climbers on their way to the Mt. Everest Base Camp can stay. It is an important acclimatization stopover. We moved on to Tengboche, another 7 hour walk.
Tengboche village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community. Situated at 3,867 metres (12,687 ft), the monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
We planned to go back to Namche the next day. The return from base camp took us 2 days instead of 5 days on the way up.
Next week: The Earthquake