October 23, 2006:
Namche Bazaar (3,450 m) to Lukla (2,860 m)
I got up around 6:30 am and
packed my bags. Had
breakfast, oatmeal porridge
(my new favorite) and toast.
Made a quick stop in the
internet cafe and then we
went down. It only took us
50 minutes to the suspension
bridge over the Imja Kola,
the beginning of the Namche
climb, despite stopping at
the mid-way rest stop and
enjoying the last view of
Everest.
I was tired when we arrived in Lukla. We stayed in the Khumbu Resort. Lots of people in there I
met before. From the dining room you have a view of the runway of Lukla airport.  I got a nice
room with a big bed and attached bathroom. Had a great visit with three Italians from Florence, a
Dad with his two sons in their twenties. Talked lots of soccer and politics, etc., etc.! And drank lots
of beer (for the calories)!!! Also, the South Korean guy from last night was in the lodge. His guide
was funny! He lives in Choplung. I had a great time talking to him. Dinner was tomato soup and
spagetthi with tomato sauce.

Late October is the time of the Tihar Festival, the Festival of Lights, one of the most important
festivals in Nepal. All during the day in the villages we met children singing and placing tikas on
travelers foreheads. During dinner, about 10 kids came into the dining room and sang and danced.
It was a very nice ending to a great trek.

We are confirmed for the 10:30 am Yeti Airlines flight for the next day. Hopefully the weather will
cooperate since it has been raining since early afternoon.

Went to bed around 9:30 pm and had another good night's sleep.
Mt. Everest and Lhotse from reststop halfway
down
Bridge over Imja Khola, the beginning
of the Namche climb
Another 45 minutes and we were in Monjo. Somewhere enroute to Lukla we stopped for lunch,
veggie noodles with egg. It started to rain around Phakding and continued raining for the rest of the
day. We passed the Maosists. The last part from Choplung to Lukla in the rain was my favorite part
of the trek...NOT.
Kangde above Jorsale from
Monjo