Homeward Bound

Namche Bazaar
May 28, 2009

Namaste:

I’m finally back in the land of the living!

Yesterday, I left Base Camp and started the 35-mile journey to Lukla.  The trip from Base Camp to Lobuche involved a lot of snow and a trail that was difficult to negotiate because of the snow, ice, slush and mud.  The trek from Lobuche to Pheriche was really quite a pleasant journey, especially since there was less snow and I knew that I was homeward bound.  I spent last night in Pheriche and was able to sleep in a real room in a real bed, instead of in a tent.  This morning, I took my first shower in two weeks and brushed my teeth for the first time in 10 days.

Today, I moved from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.  This part of the trek was really enjoyable.  As I moved down, everything turned to life.  Instead of the overpowering whiteness of snow, with little sign of life other than other climbers and trekkers, I experienced lush green trees, vegetation, flowers, waterfalls, the sweet music of birds, the buzzing of insects, villagers going about their daily life and lots of animals.  I loved to hear the sound of barking dogs.  In addition, as I moved lower, the air became thicker with oxygen, and I could literally feel my body becoming stronger with each step.  I could effortlessly move up steep hills that would have tired me at higher altitudes.

I will spend the night in Namche Bazaar and move down to Lukla tomorrow.  The day-after-tomorrow, I hope to fly to Kathmandu.  The rest of the team should have flown out today.

Here are some pictures I hope you will enjoy.

Bill

Ice Fall Puppy

Ice Fall Puppy

Camp 3

Camp 3

Lhotse Face

Lhotse Face

Mt. Everest Summit Triangle

Mt. Everest Summit Triangle

Camp 4

Camp 4

On The Summit

On The Summit

On The Summit

On The Summit

Mingma&BillontheSummit

Mingma and Bill on the Summit

Post-Summit in the Tent at Camp 4

Post-Summit in the Tent at Camp 4

On the way down

On the way down

 

Descending the Lhoste Face

Descending the Lhoste Face

 

Mingma and Bill

Mingma and Bill

Ladder Crossing in the Ice Fall

Ladder Crossing in the Ice Fall

Base Camp after the storm

Base Camp after the storm