We simply loved totally tourist focussed Namche, perched high in a combe with wonderful views and lots of vitality. We particularly liked meeting other trekkers ( including people planning to climb Everest ) in the excellent Namche Bakery. Our acclimatisation day, essential to get used to the altitude, gave us the chance to see the whole Everest range before afternoon mist closed in. The trail beyond Namche was spectacular with Ama Dablam towering above. Day 12 involved a lot of climbing ( as well as a frustrating descent beyond the col village of Mong ) - much on steep, often tiring steps. As we climbed the Gokyo valley to 4,000m+ we encountered more snow and frozen streams. Once the sun set temperatures plummeted. Mornings, with the air crisp and clear, gave us stunning views up to Cho Oyu at the valley head. We were now in yak country with the highest summer pastures in the world. To acclimatise at Machhermo we climbed the ridge above the village where prayer flags were buffeted by the wind.
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