Gokyo, Day 4: `Resting’ in the Himalaya

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April 2nd, 2009

Namche Bazaar (11,280 ft – Acclimatization hikes)

This was my third time in Namche, this town is starting to feel like home’ now. Namche Bazaar, a busy sherpa town located in the middle of the Himalaya, with narrow streets lined with shops, cafes and pubs, is also (almost) a mandatory acclimatization stop for hikers and climbers. This means that everyone on their wayup’, stays here for at least a day.

The town is filled with all types of accommodations, starting with basic tea houses to comfortable lodges with massage parlors and also small quiet luxury lodges like Yeti Mountain Home. Our favorite place to stay here is Hotel Namche, right in the middle of the town, accessible to everything around.

`Resting’ in the Himalaya means you are day-hiking to help train your lungs. Your sherpa guides will make you move, and climb. There are many trails around the town but the most popular one is where you climb a steep hill to the Everest View Hotel. The hike is short, but not easy, this is the first time you will `feel’ the altitude, heavier breathing and slower pace starts right here.

We all had a great time day hiking to the Everest View Hotel, which is designed by Japanese architecture, a beautiful facility with a patio behind the hotel, which offers most amazing panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan range, including Mount Everest – on a clear day. We didn’t get lucky to see the Everest, but we definitely enjoyed the hike and the rewarding views.

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