Episode 119: Stairmasters

Happily Exhausted. The rest of the day’s trekking has finally brought us to the town of Namche Bazaar. Namche is fairly well-known since it serves as the gateway to the Everest region here in Nepal.

The town is built into a steep hillside and creates an impressive amphitheater of terraces, buildings and stone-paved streets. Of course there aren’t any cars to be found here as this part of the world is foot traffic only!

I can certainly say that our group is happy to be here but man, oh man, what a tiring day this was. We just didn’t know how much vertical gain we would need to achieve today to bring us to the next camp here overlooking the town.

The most difficult aspect of the hike up here were the stairs that we had to climb. We literally climbed thousands upon thousands of hefty stone steps placed into the steep trail. Stair step after stair step. After Stair step. Did I mention that there were thousands of steps? Really, there was a seemingly endless number of steps.

We are all exhausted from the journey today and each of us is nursing our own sore muscles or blisters or digestive issues or combination of all three.

But still, I can’t think of a more beautiful place to spend the next two nights and a full rest day in between than here in Namche. SInce we made it here, we can make it anywhere.

We’ll just keep taking it one step at a time.

Jon Miller

Total Running Time: 29:45