here we are in Namche...
yesterday we made a small change to the usual itinerary walking little further than Phakding, and stopping in Monjo, where the Sagarmatha National Park begins.
so that today we have a nice and easy day to Namche.
The route is not very crowded as trekking season is just at its start after the monson season. In fact, last night, towards the end of the afternoon, black cloud came in and a heavy shower made the terrain soaked.
Today we had the first sight to the mountains: Kusumkhangaru and mount Everest. Apparentely last summer didn't snow very much as the walls are yes covered of a white layer but of fresh snow, and one can see the black rock underneath!
Pengba, our nepali guide, is at the beginning of his experience as leader and will join us for the Lobuche climb, so that he can improve his mountaineering skills. He speaks excellent italian and is very kind. We agreed with him that we have no fixed day stops. We'll be flexible depending on how we feel. As Marc wants to visit Gokyo, we'll take the path going by Machermo village which doesn't rise much in altitude but is a long way.
Domi is our only porter, he says he is 17 years old but looks more like he is 13...
He does a great job and he is definitely stronger than us.
They both will accompain us to Ama Dablam base camp, than another team will take over the lead.
next update....not sure!