Himalayan Trek Day 17 - Namche Bazaar To Lukla
Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
163Trip End May 02, 2013
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After a couple of bridge crossings and steep descents we reached the riverside. Jason fell while following Sonam across the rocks above shallow water. Luckily, no damage was done.
We crossed innumerable bridges that day, some sturdy and others a little too bouncy for Jason's liking. Still, he didn't let childhood fear get the better of him.
There seemed to be more mules and yaks than people on the trail. After six hours of trekking with very few stops, we arrived in Lukla once again.
We checked into a small, dingy room knowing we could handle almost anything for our final night.
To celebrate, we treated KC and Sonam to a late lunch on the patio at Sunny Garden. The three boys had chicken curry with rice while Sylvia opted for chicken fried noodles. It was our first taste of meat in over two weeks. Jason and Sonam drank big cans of Tuborg, KC had a Red Bull and Sylvia mellowed over another masala tea.
After lunch we said goodbye to Sonam and tipped him generously for his efforts to make our trek more pleasurable. He'd already signed on for a new job as a cook in Namche so it may have been his last tour as a porter.
We took a walk to the airport, then around the little town. Meanwhile, KC and the hotel staff confirmed our flight for the following day.
No longer in need of their support, we donated our trekking poles to a local trekking gear collection agency. We took a few moments to reflect and were proud of what we'd accomplished, wished things had gone a little better with our crew and agreed that we likely would not attempt it again.
After dark there was no power so we had dinner by candlelight on each table and a kerosene lamp in the middle of the room. We struggled to stay awake long enough to prevent spending over 12 hours in bed.