Thursday, April 2

Trek Day 02 - Benkar (2,630m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

This was likely to be a challenging day as we all live below 150m. Climbing 800m when one is already at 2,600m was going to be hard work. How would Wendy and Ray do? Sonal had been gyming and hiking around Stanmore but would Mum & Dad's hikes in Sellendam be sufficient to get them up the Namche hill? Luckily there are a couple distractions before the long climb at the end i.e. the entrance to Sagarmartha National Park and five exiting suspension bridges. Well four exhausting hours after departure Sonal and Ray arrived at Namche Bazaar - a superb effort!

I was following Mum who was hand in hand with Nima. The reason for following was that I was bringing CTU up the valley with me, and was suffering under the load due to the lack of training caused by my broken arm back in January. Wendy was doing a sterling job, one step at a time and an hour later arrived to meet Sonal and Ray in Namche. The killer news was that our lodge was at the top of Namche another 150m higher....

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