Day 2 on Phakding and I was up by 5:30am on Wednesday morning, a very chill breeze even though the skies were opening up. The altitude had affected most of us, if anything a little bit of trekkers diarrhea which is a common symptom while on altitude on this environments. The combination of a long-transatlantic journey, jetlag and the drastic scenery change can make anyone susceptible to catching these type of viruses. As 3 of our team members were still in Kathmandu, we got the update that their flight would be departing around 9am.
Shailee and I looked at our options to either push us toward Namche Bazaar which would have been a very long journey for our team landing at Lukla or wait for everyone and reunite in Monjo. After seeing the energy level of everyone, Monjo felt the most secured option, and as our impatient porters found out Monjo would the next stop, this brought a sweet smile. That’d be a very easy “walk in the park” trek for them.
We departed around 10am, with a very slow pace as today’s goal was to simply acclimate, letting the body getting used to the new surroundings and absorbing the air. Though the sun was opening though the clouds kept the trek quite chilly. As certain spots of clouds opened up, it was special to see glimpses of some of the Himalayas mountains showing through.
By 11am, we got confirmation that the rest of the team had just landed in Lukla and would start making their way towards Monjo. That gave me a big sigh of relief, that at least we’d all be together for the late afternoon. I also got word that my dear friend, Dr. Thsering Lama, executive director of ChildReach who had spent the last 2 weeks trekking Base Camp Everest, would be intersecting in my route. Around 12noon, Tshering and I crossed paths and it was really sweet to spending a good 30mins catching up with him.
I caught up to the rest of the group right before the killer tiny climb into Monjo
By 2pm we reached our destination and as Shailee picked a sweet spot for us to have a yummy “organic lunch”, their accommodations were pretty suitable and that would be our choice for the night. After lunch, a good nap opportunity for some in the team was the best way to recharge our tiredness and altitude challenges and the opportunity for me to catch up on writing the blog.
Around 4pm the rest of the Nepali group arrived to Monjo and it was so great to hug all of them. The girls had joked that many people along the trek thought Tshring looked like a Korean rockstar; last November, they thought she was a Chinese star; completely suitable for a young woman coming to finding her own confidence.
The arriving group and Shailee got around to play cards and catch up on the day events.
Dinner at 7pm was quite special, the long nap had definitely made a big change in the spirits and everyone was in a much better mood, laughing and connecting. Altitude can definitely be kill the mood but there were good signs that everyone was slowly acclimating. Tomorrow we’ll have a long day, climbing up to Namche Bazaar, the entryway of the Himalayas. By 9pm it was bedtime for everyone!
Treat of the day: Everyone together and the lodge we were staying offering the yummiest and warmest apple home made juice!