Thursday, October 04, 2007

October 3 - Hard Day To Namche!

Words cannot describe what we have seen so far in 3 days of trekking! The Himalayas are spectacular beyond belief. We have never seen mountains so huge, not the Sierra, not the Andes.

The trek began with a one hour flight to Lukla and a landing on an airstrip only half the length of a standard size. The slope was at 25 degrees! We trekked 3 miles the first day to Phakding and spent the night in a field adjacent to a hotel. The next day, Wayne was feeling the effects of the trots and it was a hard day's walk to Namche Bazaar. Helen has been thoroughly healthy so far and sends her love to all!

The bridges across the river were wild. One was perched 200 feet above the raging river. Scary. We have been in this village almost 24 hours now and Wayne is feeling fine after a dose of Cipro. On the way up the trail, we had a great view of Mt. Everest about 20 miles away! Spectacular! Would love to enclose a picture with this but we are so far away from civilization and the download times are long. This will be our last posting until we return here some 12 days from now.

The crew is excellent - compatible and laughing all the time. The altitude and steepness of the trails is formidable and we are only at 11,300 feet. On Oct. 5 we will go to at least 12,000 feet. On Oct. 10 we will summit Kala Patar at 18,200 feet and only 6 miles as the crow flies from the summit of Mt. Everest. We will get up at 2 Am to complete this day hike.

The scenery has been awesome beyond description. There is no way to explain fully what we are seeing. These are truly magnificent mountains. Our Nepal Zero-Seven trek continues.......

10 comments:

Barb Denney said...

Oh what a wonderful adventure you guys are on! I love reading your blog, trying to visualize . . . You two are amazing and lucky to share so much.
Be well, you're always in my thought! Lots of love, barb

LYLE VINATIERI said...

hi wayne ,
how i wish to be there "now" we can't wait to hear more from your adventure , the oldest is starting a school project on you. be safe . lots of pics for us old folks (lol) peace always , brother lyle v

Sarah said...

Hey guys. I thought of you yesterday, the 10th, I hope you reached the summit on schedule and everyone is safe and still having so much fun. Wayne will you tell my mom that I miss talking to her, even more then I thought I would and I can't wait to hear her voice? Tell her I love her, and give her a hug for me, please.

Hazel said...

Hi Guys, Been thinking of you a lot and hoping everything is going well. I especially thought of you as I was lugging a 40 lb kayak on my back through the tamarisk hell to get to the river at Pearce Ferry - wishing I could borrow one of your Sherpas, although he/she would probably hate the heat. We had a lovely 1.5 days paddle down to South Cove, matching a photo from the 1960s on the way - we weren't there for pleasure! Looking forward to hearing all about it. Hugs, Hz

Sarah said...

Hey Mom and Wayne! Mom, I can't believe I missed your call, I was giving the kids their bath and never heard the phone! It was great to hear your voice, and your news. Congrats, I am so happy for you. I'm sorry you didn't get to the top. I can't wait to talk to you. I love and miss you tons. xoxoxo

Sarah said...

Wayne, I can't believe I forgot.... THE DIAMONDBACKS!!! They swept the cubs!!!! They are down 0-1 against the Rockies.(who swept the Phillies) They are playing the 2nd game now. I will let you know how it goes. But they are struggling with pitching, and the Rockies offense is on fire. Keep your fingers crossed, it's going to Colorado for the next three games, so tonights a must win!

brian ranney said...

Hello wayne and sarah. I hope all is well on your side of the world. I can't wait to hear about your trip and see the pictures. Wayne this sounds like it is one of your more ambitious trips yet. WOW! Talk to you soon Love Brian

Lricca said...

Hello Wayne and Helen, greetings from Las Vegas. The Ricca family is reading your adventures as we prepare for Kylie's 4th B-Day. Hope all is well and take care. With love and God bless. All of us, Big Boy, Elodia, Gina, Larry, Jennifer and Kylie.

Help Us Sell Our House said...

I am jealous! It sounds wonderful. Looking forward to slide show!

Our love,
Robert & Donny

Sarah said...

Wayne, the D-backs were swept:(