Namche Bazaar, the first stop to Everest was quieter than usual. The only noise I could hear was the rattling of roofs at a work site located nearby. Pemba, our jovial tour guide, assured us that Nepali people were extremely happy to see us.
We started our descent towards Lukla the next day. The mountains never seemed to amaze me at various points in the trail. The mountains, tall and majestic, are taller than anything that exists in Australia or most countries in the world.
On the way, we met other climbers heading towards Namche Bazaar and probably towards the Everest Base Camp. Yaks lumbered past laden with grains or goods, spurred on by wiry Nepali boys.
Our lead guide Ram warned us to walk along the side with a wall of rock or bush. We witnessed a small sign of earthquake near the village of Phakding. Workers are working actively to rebuild the path’s wall. The nearby village was also affected by earthquake and people were still living in tents.
One of our guides Sanjay shared his experience of the earthquake with us. He was on his way to EBC during the quake, and said he believed that health and safety are major concerns when you are in mountain. Sanjay is supporting his family by taking people up to the mountain. He lives in Lukla and is currently working for a tour company, working actively to bring back tourists in Nepal.
According to Mr. Geoff Manchester, top-level official of an international tour company selling Nepal, Nepal needs the support brought by tourism and urges people to visit. According to Manchester, one of the major key to get back tourists was to ensure safety on the trails.
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