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Namche Bazaar To Thame

Previous Day September 30th 2008
Start: Namche Bazaar, 3450 m, 8:00
Arrival: Thame, 3800 m, 15:00
Duration: 7:00
Breaks: 10 minute break on the way, 3 hour lunch break in Thame
Estimated climb: 750 m
Estimated descent: 400 m
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Our room in Hotel Everest had a great view of Thamserku and sunrise was quite spectacular with the shadow of the mountain projected onto the clouds above. We had a good breakfast (great apple pankace) and left Namche Bazaar at 8:00.
At the upper west end of Namche there is a beatiful Gompa.
The weather was much better than the two previous days and we actually had to put on some sunscreen. The mountain in the picture is called Khumbu Yul Lha (5761 m) and lies almost straight north of Namche Bazaar.
We traveled west on the northern side of the valley and had great views of Kongde Ri to the south.
This freshly painted stupa is on a ridge just before Dramo.
The Bhote Koshi river below saw a huge flood in 1985 when the Dig Tsho lake burst. In the image to the left one can see the remains of a water power plant which was washed away by the flood (a nearly horizontal canal and a steep groove leading back to the river)
This beautiful side valley leads up to Thame and on to Trashi Labtsa, a glaciated pass of 5755 meters. The trail is visible in the right half of the picture. It is a lot less frequented than the main routes to Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar. The rockslides in the foreground were caused by the 1985 flood. In the background one can see Teng Kangpoche (6500 m), Panayo Tuppa (6696 m) and Pigpherago Shar (6718 m).
A closer look at Teng Kangpoche taken just before our arrival in Thame.
We arrived in Thame at 11:00 and checked into the Everest Summiteer Lodge, owned by Apu Sherpa, a local celebrity with the most ascents of Everest (17 times). It is apparently now run by his brother. We had lunch and again food was very good. After lunch we did our laundry and took a nap before hiking up to the Gompa above the Village. The picture on the left shows Thame from above and was taken half way up to the Gompa.
The Gompa itself is several hundred years old. Nevertheless, it is in very good condition and has an amazing amount of prayer flags hanging from a solitaire rock above.
When we returned to the lodge, we were rewarded with a beatiful sunset painting Kusum Kanguru pink. Again, I had a slight headache which was gone the next morning though.
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