We all awoke early for the toughest hike of the trip. This is a 6-8 hour hike depending on speed and has an elevation change of 3000 feet. The trail entailed crossing 5 suspension bridges. Not quite the trail if you are afraid of heights but it does build confidence. The early part of the hike winded along the Milk River and was the easiest part of the hike. Here is a video of the Milk River at the beginning of our trek.
After our lunch break and many other bathroom breaks (part of the joys of traveling with 40 people) we embarked on our toughest part of the trek. After crossing the 5th suspension bridge which was the highest of all them, we ascended 400fmeters to our first rest stop. This part of the trek separated the men from the boys you might say or those who prepared physically for this trip and those who underestimated the physical challenge of the trip. We were happy that our training and hours spent at the stairs had paid off.
After our rest and waiting for others to catch up, we ascended the last 200 metersto our destination, Namche Bazar 11,000 feet. So basically we climbed over half a mile up one day. This is the resting spot for almost all trekkers. Every team that does Everest stays here to acclimate. Acclimation begins the next day with a trek up for 2 hours and then returning. We are very delighted to enjoy a HOT shower – we stink.