We pass nice Teahouses in Phakding .... at 8:15AM
The Sagarmatha Entrance Gateway next to the permit center
Plenty of trekkers on the climb to Hillary bridge approach
Traffic Jam at bridge - waiting for Yaks to clear the bridge (12:30PM)
Nearing Namche ..... at 2:30PM
Namche Bazaar at 3420M
Rows of tents coming up ... view from my Hotel room window
Many Other Namche Guest Houses around the Bazaar
Tibetan Market - Namche
Day-10 -- 4th Oct 2007: Ghat (2590M) to Namche (3420M)
At 6:30AM we started off from Chomulungma Lodge (Pic below).
We reached the Permit Center at Monjo around 10:30AM. Had to wait 15 mins in queue to get my entry ticket. The permit office had a display board showing "monthwise trekkers" since 1998 (see below). Oct is peak month and in Oct-2006, 6595 trekkers visited the park!
Trekker Statistics Monthwise displayed at permit center in Monjo. Current annual trekkers' number 20000 with Oct peaking at 7000!
The daily Tibetan Market in the central bowl of Namche below
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