When we woke up it was still raining heavily. There’s nothing to do in Pangboche so the idea of staying there sounded worse than walking in the rain. Once we got confirmation from Boo that we could move our flight back up, it was worth pushing through to get to Namche today. Out into the rain we went, shortly before 11 AM. The rain meant that small streams were now gushing rivers, and there were massive waterfalls everywhere. Rivers were overflowing to the point that rocks that you used to be able to walk across were completely underwater. Jit was picking up rocks and carrying them across the rivers to make paths for us. It was crazy.
At different points in the day there was also thunder and lightning which made crossing big metal bridges seem even more sketchy. We stopped for lunch for an hour, then back into the rain. We finally got to Namche a little before 5 PM. When we got to the teahouse, I had to wait more than half an hour for a shower and most of the hot water was gone by my turn. I was freezing and annoyed, but at least I was cleaner. One guy cut the line, then took a 10 minute shower. I was not very happy with him.
At dinner we found out that a sightseeing plane crashed in Kathmandu. When Boo first told us the story, we thought that one person died and the rest survived. All 19 people on the plane actually died, but only one was decapitated. For some reason that I still can’t understand, this was told to us as if it were a good thing. It wasn’t a flight that we would have been on since it was just flying around Everest, but they’re the same planes that fly people back and forth to Lukla. After dinner we played cards again then went to bed. Last day of hiking tomorrow, and we’re all ready to be done.
Date: 26 September 2011
Path: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Where Did We Stay In Namche Bazaar: Hotel Everest
Elevation: 3440m / 11286 ft
Hours hiking: 5
Hours hiking w/ stops: 6
Stay tuned for the Everest Base Camp Trek Journals Days 11-12
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