Travels in Nepal # 40 An alternative route
On the descent from Tengboche to Namche Bazar not many of us had much of an appetite at lunch time. This is one of the side-effects of altitude. We just nibbled at our food despite it being quite delicious.
After lunch our guide gave me two options. The rest of the group were going back to Namche Bazar by another route, via the Everest View Hotel. He gave me the option of going straight back to Namche Bazar, a shorter route and with very little climbing. I chose the easier route. My feet were causing me some concern and the energy levels were drained. It was a slow, steady plod all the way back. I am not sure what the guide who accompanied me thought, but he was very patient with my slow progress and frequent stops for photos – and rest.
As it turned out, I arrived a full hour before the rest of the group.