Lungden to Monjo and a dodgy cup of black tea
03.04.2012 - 04.04.2012 14 °C
Today was our first day which was supposedly all down hill, (1000m in all) it would be a very long walk but the object was to get back to Namche Bazaar and do a bit of souvenir shopping. After weeks in the mountains Namche represented bustling civilisation and we were all looking forward to a hot shower and a bit more comfort.
The path was good and we made progress quickly arriving at Thame within a couple of hours. We stopped for hot drinks and I chose a black tea which in a few hours I would be regretting. There has been a lot of erosion in the Thame Valley in recent years and the path has had to adapt to the new landscape. This resulted in detours up sand banks and paths close to the edge of precipitous landslides until we gradually made our way down to the bridge that would carry us across to the other side of the valley. A stiff climb brought us to the village of Thamo for lunch and then it started raining. The rain persisted all afternoon as we trudged wearily to Namche arriving relieved but cold and wet at the Khumbu lodge. By that time I started feeling unwell and I couldn’t face the evening meal. I suppose I had done well to avoid any illness until now but an early night with liberal doses of Imodium and Deorylite was in order.
The following day I didn’t feel a great deal better but luckily we only had an afternoon three hour walk from Namche to Monjo. The morning was spent dozing trying to get my strength back up whilst the rest of the group went shopping. After lunch we started off Sallis heroically carried my pack as well as his own to make the trip as easy as possible for me. It was a bit of a struggle but we made it to Monjo and I retired to bed as soon as possible. By the evening I was feeling delicate but slightly better and managed to keep down a bowl of soup. A good night’s sleep aided the recovery and by the following morning I was more ready to face another long trekking day. Out of the seven people in our party four have so far had some sort of illness so I guess with the law of averages it was due to be my time.