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Friday–April 1

Felt good today. Completed an acclimitization hike to the Everest View Hotel, which according to the Guiness Book of Records is the world’s highest hotel.

World's Highest Hotel

Namche Bazar is an actual working town, but better known to the West as a stop en route to Sagarmatha (Nepalese for Mt. Everest, meaning Higher than the Sky. In Sherpa, the mountain is known as Chhomolungma, meaning Mother Goddess of Earth).  Pretty nice town; Google it for info and images.

Tomorrow, Saturday, we’ll be staying at the Khumbu Lodge Teahouse. Quaint place. This part of the Himalayas has the world’s ten highest mountains. The Khumbu region is within the Sagarmatha National Park, which like our national parks, is a protected region. It’s a spectacular place.

If you want to know where we are in relation to the mountain, click here and it’ll open a window courtesy of  Find Me Spot, the satellite locator service. Now to find Everest, you can zoom in a bit and find these reference points:

  • To the north of  Namche Bazar is Mt. Kumbila
  • Head east and look for Taboche then continue east to Chukhung
  • At the base of Chukhung are three glaciers or gorges running north-south.  Follow the one to the right in a north/northeast direction until you see Sagarmatha.  That’s our destination.

If you zoom the map closer, and click on the tab “Terrain” the view converts to a topographic map complete with contours and elevation.  Look for the 8850 contour line because that’s the highest point on mother earth. That’s 29,035 feet above sea level. Anyway, we’re here for about three days. So far, so good.

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Written by mmsummits7

April 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Posted in Mountaineering

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