On day five of my adventure, I woke up excited at the prospect of catching a glimpse of Everest for the first time. Everest is known by the Nepali people as Sagarmatha which means ‘forehead in the sky’. We were told that because of its height the top is often hidden in the clouds, so I had my fingers crossed that we would be lucky!
We had an early breakfast and then walked along a panoramic trail to Kenjoma where there was a vantage point with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Nupste, Lhotse and Everest itself! It has always been my dream to see Everest and for the first time since arriving in Nepal, I felt quite emotional! We could only just see the summit poking out above the clouds, far far away in the distance, but even so, it was truly breathtaking! Before long the clouds came in and Everest was hidden from our view!
On our way back we walked along the last part of what would be our marathon course! I was expecting it to be difficult but I was taken aback by what I saw! Near the end of the course comes what is known as ‘the sting in the tail’ – an incline of approximately 400 metres in less than 2 miles! Some of the path was also incredibly narrow with sheer drops down into the gorge below! Loose your footing and it would be disastrous! After seeing this I must admit that the nerves are starting to kick in!
When I got back I enjoyed my first shower since Kathmandu and I had to pay £3 for the privilege! It was definitely worth it to feel clean and fresh again! We then wondered down to the village of Namche to a lovely cafe for an Illy coffee and a cake – heaven! I also stocked up on some essentials – sweets and chocolates for the marathon and some toilet roll!
We had our evening meal and a chat and then headed to bed for another early night! Tomorrow we would be trekking up to 3790m to Khumjung where we would be visiting a local school and a hospital which were opened by Sir Edmund Hillary and a monastery with an alleged Yeti skull on display!