Thursday, April 2, 2009
Bruce called late last night from the village of Namche Bazaar, pictured above. You can read about it here, if you want. At 11 p.m. for me it was 11 a.m. the next day for him, and they were about ready to head off to the next village, called Khumjung. I'm assuming he's there by now and his itinerary looks like they will stay there two nights before going farther up. Namche Bazaar is at 11,283 feet elevation (if I remember correctly how to convert meters to feet) and Khumjung is 12,660 -- so you get an idea of where he is elevation-wise.
Everything is going well. He said that he had just returned from a hike to the top of the village where you can get your first view of Everest. The bottom part of the mountain is blocked from view, but he was able to see the south summit and the Hilary step.
The photo below is one I pulled off of the internet that is labeled as a first view of Everest from Namche Bazaar. I've read you can also see Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from there. Pretty spectacular scenery!