Namche Bazar to Khumjung

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From Namche Bazar, we had an “easy” day moving up to Khumjung, which is just over the ridge north of town, and, at 12,400, about 1100 feet higher than Namche.

The trail to Khumjung traverses up past a monastery and through a small forested area. This was most interesting to me, because when I was in Nepal in 1990, the effort to reforest the hills above Namche was just getting started. They had just fenced off two areas on the hillside to keep the yaks out and were re-establishing trees and other vegetation. Now, it was heartening to see trees six to ten feet tall in these areas, looking healthy and well established.

Further up the hill, we rounded a ridge and were stopped in our tracks by our first really good look at Ama Dablam, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. I was first around the ridge, and stood back to enjoy the reactions of each person as he/she came around the corner and had their breath taken away by the view.

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