Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Phakding 2620mtrs to Namche 3440mtrs.

So on the 12th nite after a small acclimatization walk,I decided to have an early dinner so i could move early in the morning....so I told gelu-my personal sherpa and guide....oh he is quite the sweetheart and we are both trying to teach each other hindi and nepali respectivly- that we would have our breakfast by 7am and move by 7:30am (just like in NIM...aaaa).....so back in my room...more like a shack though i set my alarm for 6:30am and off i was in my dream world...
which i have to mention is the most enteraining thing in the world...its like the most helerious snippets i can imagine....and i can't beleive my onw brain can manufracture them!!

I had been awake by 5:30am but my mind was refusing to let me leave the warm bed...so cozily wrapped up in the dark blue sheets....i was awakened with a loud knok at6:45am....i had decided on breakfast at 7 so i was quite shocked....there he was with his usual smile wondering about something...and i told him that i would be there by 7am.....well and he said that its aldredy 7:15am....and i was like .....vaaaaaaat!!

Well its the nepal time....and i was still at IST....so my plan got pushed by 30mins ahead....alas....stupid stupid me...

Anyways we were on our way by 8am....it was a 4hr to 5hr trek to Namche depending on your speed...and i was quite charged...by 10:30am we had reached the last point where we could probably get lunch and gelu was hungry so we decided to wait for lunch....i was in no mood to eat just wanted to get the trek over and reach namche....had heard so much about it was looking to do some shopping there....and theres something about eating that i dont enjoy in the mountains....and where i eat with my hands....truelly indian style...gelu will pick up the knife and the fork and get on with his lunch....its quite cool to see it happening.....
well the food normally takes long to arrive....and after eating just a bowl of dal bhaat...i was so full and in no mood to pick up the rucksack and walk....so sat and wrote for 30mins till my food had setteled down....and started of again by 11:45am.....and just as we started i asked gelu how long it wold take and he said 3 to 3 n 1\2 hrs....and i was like whaaaaaaaaaaaaat!.....cause in my head i had made the calculations...we had aldredy walked for 2 n a 1\2 hrs...and only two hours was left....and i made up my mind...i wanted to do some shopping...and go on the net and look around namche if i was going to reach by 3:30 all that was goin to be immpossible.....so i changed my gear....and every time there was a steep uphill i waould take a deep breath from my nose let it out from my nose like C.Norbu sir has taught and would go up non-stop till that flight of steps was done....and by 1:30 i could see namche....and by 2pm i was at my lodge....and i went yiiipeeeee in my head!!

Namche is big but small compared to how big i thought it would be....its got shops all over and every little house is a guest house and every little varanda is a shop.....till now i had been feeling super hot.....but now here it was getting chillly....we dumped our stuff at the room and rushed to the market....well the first thing i had to get was a camera.....cause well my camera was in kathmandu geting repaired cause during the search and rescue course i had clicked pictures of the helicopter rescue and the dust particles had screwed up the lense....so all u future search and rescue course enthusiastes pleas dont clik the helicopter.....coz thats wat happenes in the begining of the course and then u have no camera for the rest of the course....(frustrating frustrating)....anyways so i headd staight for the shop and got a camera...coz my camera reaches me only on the 20th of april and by then i will aldredy be at base camp...and miss all the goood greenery on the way......

had no money for any other shopping after the camera so i dint even feel like window shopping so i went clicking pictures around...went and visited gelu's friends had tea and momos....and then back to the restaurant....

have been noticing that the no. 9 has been following me....the total of the bill of my equipment had 3 three's in it.....my climbing permit i am the 9th person....my room no. at phakding was 9....and now at namche is 108=9,my seat no. in the flight from kathmandu to lukla was 9A.....some numerologist please try and read between the lines...

acclamaisation rest here today....will head for tengbuche tommorrow which is at 3860mtrs.....and dengbuche dayafter which is 4410mtrs....

2 comments:

  1. nice writing krushna..its fun to read..all the best...happy n safe climbing.Looking forward to more posts..n the pics look good too.
    -neha kulkarni

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  2. sooper writing

    ~subbukl
    PS: i remember one of my fellow trekker once said number 9 represents travelling, like a wheel attached to your feet ! quiet coincidence :)

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