We were up at 6:30 this morning to check for clear skies but unfortunately no such luck. With views of Everest off the cards for today we had a relaxed breakfast and set off on a 3 hour acclimitisation hike up a steep path towards Hotel Everest View. We ascended from our hotel at 3,500m to approximately 3,900m. Occasionally we had small glimpses of towering, snow-covered peaks above us, particularly Mt Kanguru, as the clouds parted. The mountains were at a height that was completely unfathomable, and made us feel very small in comparison!
The descent back to the tea house was pretty grueling with the never-ending and steep steps, so our knees took a bit of a beating! We finally had our first view of Namche from above when the clouds cleared, laid out in its amphitheater formation.
We went back to our tea house and had a dinner of rice, dahl and veggies before exploring the museums in the hotel. There is a museum of photos and artifacts of the Sherpa and Tibetan cultures and another one about Everest expeditions. Sir Edmund Hillary and other famous mountaineers have visited our tea house in years past as the owner is a famous Sherpa, Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa. Not only does he own a tea house but he is mostly known for his photography skills. When he lost his hearing as a teenager he wasn't able to continue formal education so became a photographer instead, and a very accomplished one!
Apparently they arrived a school let out and Pasang handed out a few lollies to some of the kids. Suddenly 70 more kids appeared out of nowhere and Nicole had to dig in to her supply, but before they knew it the bag was empty and some kids missed out!
We are looking for forward to dinner, some card games and an early night. Hopefully tomorrow we get some views of Everest in the morning before our big trek to Tengboche!
We were going to go to Khumjung but have decided to keep going to the next stop at Tengboche tomorrow as we are all feeling well and fit. This will also mean we can use the extra day at Gorak Shep and hopefully get to Everest Base Camp and the Kala Pattar summit, whereas previously we might have had to choose between the two. We definitely want to try to get to both!