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When starting in Lukla you have to stay an extra day in Namche Bazar to acclematize, better go for a daytrip to Everest View Hotel or to Thame.
Written May 22, 2005
This is the true miracle of namche where after a week of rerstriction you can find everything you need in terms of bread and cake.
Favorite Dish: Croissant
Written Jan 12, 2006
While out and about trekking in the region, just be a bit careful of all the ponies, cattle and Yaks etc which the locals use to transport goods from village to village. They are pretty docile really, but they do tend to to take up a lot of the trail..... and they don't generally stop for you.
If you're half way over one of the suspension bridges and a train of them start to cross from the other side, i would turn round and get off the bridge, or if you are on a narrow piece of trail and you hear their bells coming round the corner, find a spot on the inside of the trail away from any edges and stop there so there is no chance of being pushed off by accident.
Written Dec 10, 2008
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a torch!!!
I found it to be one of the more useful things in my bag while i was trekking round the Khumbu. The reason i have added it to this page is because while the torch normally came in handy at the teahouses i was staying at, in Namche... i needed it around the village after dark. In places there were lights on houses and lodges that lit up some of the path, but most parts were pitch black.
I went to use a satellite phone one night, which was in a lodge much lower down in Namche than the lodge i was in, near the centre of the village i guess.... thankfully, with my little maglite, it was much safer getting down to the phone and then back up the hill again afterwards... i was glad i had remembered it, because it would have taken me ages to grope all the way down the walls there and back..... oh, and i would have probably broken an ankle too... not much good on a trekking holiday!
Updated Dec 15, 2008
Favorite thing: A must do for the adventurous trekker. The sights are beyond with majestic peaks which will blow you away. Make sure youll acclimatise properly or real nasty stuff can and will occur. Hurry slowly up towards the mother of all mountains, and enjoy the sunrise from Kala Pattar.
Written Feb 7, 2006