Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 11
Date: 22 November 2017
Walked to: Monzo
Distance: 8 miles
Altitude: Sleeping at 2,850m
We finally left Sagarmatha National Park (home to Everest and many of the other awfully tall mountain things around this neck of the woods) this afternoon, shortly before getting to our penultimate tea house of the trip in Monzo.
I’m pleased to report that today’s walk actually was almost entirely downhill, as you would expect when you’re supposed to be losing altitude (and unlike yesterday!). The eight mile walk included a long lunch break back in Namche Bazaar – ‘capital’ of the Sherpas as well as a place where it’s possible to purchase a wide variety of slightly out of date confectionary, and some very expensive ‘real’ North Face gear (when you can buy knock off stuff at a fraction of the price – I know what I’d do, but I’m not telling anyone who works in the copyright industry).
The sign in the photo is at the entry point to the National Park and offers some sage advice about altitude. As a ‘communications professional’, the simplicity of the messaging appealed to me, so you get this instead of beautiful views today. You never know, it may save your life one day 😁