Friday, May 16, 2008

Khumjung to Namche

Saturday, May 10
We had a pretty easy day going from Khumjung back to Namche. The towns are fairly close together and mostly required going downhill. The days trek lasted less than two hours and we were in Namche by 9:00 in the morning. This was the earliest we had arrived at any of our destinations and we had the rest of the day to ourselves.

Being a Saturday, Namche was hosting their weekly Bazaar. To try and describe the town a little better, it is nested between two adjoining "hills" and takes the shape of a horseshoe with many terraced levels. The Bazaar was located at one end of the horseshoe and took up about three tiers. It was a little smaller than I had originally imagined, but it was very interesting to walk through and see the local goods being sold and bartered. The items ranged from food to clothing - it was less of a Bazaar for tourist goods but more for the locals with the necessities for living in the region.

Most of the afternoon the group spent recovering from the last two long days of trekking. We all had an opportunity to take a hot shower again which was comforting. The village also afforded another good opportunity to visit the little shops for unique gifts to bring home, as well as a bakery with good snacks, coffee, and western style music.


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