Thursday, 6 January 2011

Day 4 - Namche Bazaar 27th March

After a good nights sleep, we set off from our lodge at  8 and reached lunch at 11. After a good bowl of soup we left at 1 and spent a gruelling 2 and a half  hours walking up a tough hill... About half way we reached a narrow 30ft wide 50ft high bridge.
After waiting for the yaks to pass we scared ourselves as the bridge wobbled drunkenly over the river. During the day we adopted Steps as our team mascot, a small ginger dog who followed us from breakfast to the bridge where he turned back. After the bridge we climbed another two hours up a steep hill at one stop we were told we should be able to see Mount Everest, but it was too cloudy to see the summit. We arrived knackered at Namche, at about 4 thirty. I have now had a first hand experience of what shall now be referred to as "altitude bloating", where all of the gas in your gut expands as you ascend causing great pain, discomfort and nausea. The only way the medics think it will go away is to sleep on it so I lay in bed for the night and tried to sleep.

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