Today was meant to be our rest day, which in trekking is not really a lazy day, but usually a mild day with altitude related exercise to acclimate your body. Paola felt a little under the weather with the altitude and it was best for her to rest, Shailee accompanied her.

Dr. Jackie joined us, and by 10:30am we were out and trekking our way up Namche. The climb is quite challenging and the combination of Sun and wind made the effort manageable with various layers of clothing. The biggest plus are that the views only get better with altitude and also the views of amazing mountains.

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Given our late start in the day and with the wind picking up, we agreed to see how we’d all feel atop the largest Namche Hill. Everyone’s spirits were great and Jess (who’s been one of our strongest in the team) pictures proved the mood.

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We all felt strong enough to continue the trek into the Everest hotel inspired by the thought of a great lunch. It was special to see the blossoming camaraderie between the Nepali girls and Jess. As our young women started the trek as strangers, it was great to see the connection starting to grow.

The day had turned on us, and the wind was pretty strong, however the first sight of the Himalayas are just simply breathtaking. Shawn stayed behind, capturing footage of just the beautiful scenery and carrying a heavy tripod for the shots.

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Everyone powered through and we made it into the hotel.

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Lots of herbal mint tea and great food soothe everyone’s hardworking spirit. The Nepali crew started giving us sweet nicknames and Urmila made Shawn quite shy with her compliments 🙂

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On our way back, the sun had opened a little bit and some of the beautiful scenery made it for some amazing shots.

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As we descended back into town, little boys greeting us made the welcoming quite special.

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Back in the Hotel Paola and Shailee were in great spirits, the rest day had been quite soothing for Paola and ready for the whole team to our long journey into Deboche the next day.

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