April 2, 2007
The push from Phakding (8,400 feet) to Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet) on April 1 was long and difficult. Namche Bazaar is a large terraced village and is populated with small, restaurants, shops, lodges and homes. They sell everything you could want in the streets, and there are lots of mountaineering shops.
Mark and I opted to stay in a lodge and it was very modern and comfortable. We got our first warm shower and shave. Today is a rest day. In the morning, we hiked 1,100 feet up to the Everest View Lodge (14,400 feet) where we had our first great view of the mighty Mt. Everest, with its trademark plumb of ice and snow blowing off the summit for miles to the east. We also had a great view of Ama Dablam.
I was sending my family a message from an internet cafe and Dan Mazur took a picture of me and is filing it with his first trip report on EverestNews.com. http://everestnews.com/summitclimb/everestsouth04012007.htm
Tomorrow is another hard day as we trek to Pangboche (13,100 feet).
I will file another report in the next couple of days.