Day 3 – Wednesday 14th – Namche to Debuche (3820m)
The next morning I awoke. My Achilles was still hurting. Apart from that I had no signs of altitude sickness. Typically hikers would stay two nights in Namche Bazaar to acclimatise. I decided to press on because I was feeling fine.
Before we left Namche, I made a quick last minute purchase. It was getting colder and I didn’t own a hat. So I bought a cheesy, Everest Base Camp hat from one of the many, many shops selling it.
Immediately I found the hiking a lot easier. The few kilos I had ridden myself the burden of was making a big difference. The higher we went, the more the mountains came into view, and the more awesome the scenery got.
Namche’s football park
Leaving Namche…touch the inscriptures for good luck
A view down the valley
Emergency helicopters and tourist tours
One of the many ravens flying around the Himalayan area
This sign sparked my interest in Gokyo
Not a bad view whilst having lunch
Water powered luck wheel
As we approached Tengbuche, around 3860m, I started to get a headache. It was either the cold, dehydration or the altitude. Probably all three. Fortunately, we were staying in Debuche, which is a 30 minute, downhill walk from Tengbuche. There’s an old saying, “Hike high, sleep low” so I was pleased that we were defending slightly. As we descended, the headache got a little bit better. That night I had the sharpers home remedy for altitude sickness – garlic soup and Dahl Baht. I drank plenty of water and tea.
Once again with not a lot to do, I went to sleep early around 2030.