Phakding to Namche Bazaar



Today I trekked from Phakding to the village of Namche Bazaar at 11,286′. The trekking route navigates across two valleys and is made significantly easier by several suspension bridges. The early Everest expeditions were required to climb the steep valley faces that have been cut into the mountains by millions of years of erosion from the river below. Later expeditions would cross rickety wooden suspension bridges that required courage and, preferably, a windless day. Today the crossings are steel suspension bridges that allow trekkers to cross without peril and with their full attention on enjoying the incredible views of the Khumbu.


I plan to be in Namche Bazaar for two nights acclimatizing to the higher altitudes here. Namche is a comfortable village and is celebrated by trekkers for the quality of the bakeries and coffee houses. Tomorrow I will go on a short hike to higher elevations and my first view of Everest since arriving, then return to Namche for the night. This “climb high, sleep low” routine is a central part of the acclimatization process.


Namche Bazaar, elevation 11,286′

  9 comments for “Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  1. Patricia Washburn
    April 5, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Quite informative. Looking forward to following on your heels in this adventure.
    Go, Jim!

  2. Christopher Hall
    April 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    This is Christopher Hall from Jefferson high school …we used to spend all of those days running the DECA store…crazy long ago;)
    It is great to see your posts and get an update on you after all of these years… I am a hiker also although nothing in comparison to what you have done or what you’re currently doing… it is inspiring to me and also to follow along on this journey . I also look forward to possibly connecting when you return from your trip and learning what we’ve both been doing over the years . Good luck!!😎😎

      April 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Christopher. Thanks for your note. It is wonderful to hear from you again and remember our DECA days and so many good memories. It would be great to catch up this summer. Thanks again for your note and well wishes! Jim

  3. Staci Colovos
    April 5, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Is carb loading part of the program too? I hope so, Sym still talks about the cinnamon roll that he had there. Best of his life.

      April 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks, Staci. I will be on lookout for the cinnamon rolls!

  4. Teresa Kitterman
    April 5, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Good Luck teresa Mariola Kitterman

      April 5, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you, Teresa!

  5. cori chandler
    April 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I had a friend travel around the world and he was so taken by the people in Namche that he ended up spending several months there. He named his dog Namche who turned out to be a marvelous companion for many many years. He died several years ago and has yet to replace him.

      April 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Cori. Yes the people here are wonderful. They also seem to have a love for their dogs. I visited a man the other day would told me about his dog and how he rescued it from a snow leopard when it was a puppy. He said that he and his dog are always together. Hope you are well. Jim

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