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  Mt. Everest 2004: Mountain Madness Expedition 2004 Dispatch Five and Six


Day 5 & 6: Day 5: March 31 This is Sarah Henley reporting from Namche Bazaar.  The hike to Namche is one of the bigger days of the trek with a significant elevation gain at the end of the day.  A few people were a little tired but all enjoyed the beautiful views.  During the day we traveled through numerous Sherpa villages and had a great time meeting the small children of the region who would come running to play with us.  The people of the area have such a beautiful aura about them and I wish I could put it into words!  Everyone we encounter make us feel so welcomed.

As we followed the path along the Dudh Kosi River we crossed a number of suspension bridges high above the river.  Also, mani stones are all along the trail which demonstrate the importance of the Buddhist Religion.

Our hot lunch was spent by the riverside sitting and lying out in the sun before our long uphill trudge to Namche.  After having porters half our size carrying four to five times our loads pass us on the huge climb, we relaxed at the tea house while the local staff set up our tents and cooked another delicious meal.

It began to snow a little and as a result we should have a dusting on the mountains tomorrow to make the views even more spectacular on our rest day. 

Day 6: April 1

This is Sarah Henley reporting again from Namche Bazaar.  I thought I may do an April fools joke today but then I decided to refrain from stressing anyone out!  It was a beautiful day!  The sun was out and the views are amazing.  We awoke to the pleasant sounds of the giant horns the monks blow and enjoyed a mellow breakfast.

Some of the members hiked up the hillside above the town to see Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and many other Himalayan peaks.  Others used their rest day to relax and explore the town.  There are great souvenir shops, mountain shops, bakeries and internet cafes.  It is hard to believe there is so much going on here considering anyone who journeys this way must walk!  I'm happy to say the shop-keepers made a little money today!

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