© 2012 notworkrelated - David Rutter & Helen Roscoe. All rights reserved. notworkrelated_nepal_mong_namche_17

Nepal – Gokyo to Namche to Lukla – 19th/21st March

  • Day 18: Gokyo to Mong

We were up early and breakfasted by 8am as we wanted to be on our way and get as far as we could in one day on our return to Namche. We felt ready to start heading down and Helen was starting to feel ill with a sore throat. This was our final morning with our new best buddies Joshua and Amata as they would leave a little later than us. We arranged to meet up with them in Kathmandu.

We left at 8.15am and it took us around 4hrs30mins to reach Dole. Although we were taking a few photographs along the way our main goal was to get down. We had borrowed some money from our friends to help us out with the budget; we’d gone over budget but only just. At the Himalayan Lodge in Dole we had some ra-ra noodle soup and hot lemon which was more expensive than nearly anywhere else we’d eaten the whole trek. We left Dole at 1.45pm and got to Phortse Tenga an hour later, from here we decided to head up to Mong and get the nasty uphill out of the way. We were feeling pretty shattered though and Helen was starting to feel rough so we opted to stay in Mong for the night at The Bouddha Lodge. We shared a Dahl Bat and sat in the smoky dining room with the family whilst they drank chang we watched and soaked up the warmth. We went to bed at 7pm which was probably a mistake as we didn’t sleep well at all.

  • Day 19: Mong to Namche

Helen woke up with a stinking sore throat and cold, she was not the happiest of bunnies but we got up early enjoyed a pancake, porridge and tea and then set off at around 7.45am. It was a really lovely morning with clear blue skies, bright sunshine and hardly anyone on the paths. We decided to take a little detour on our way  back to Namche to visit Khumjung. Khumjung is one of the places that most people will do an acclimatisation walk to when they are staying in Namche as it sits at 3780m. We arrived there pretty early and were in search of the world’s highest bakery, which we found as we walked through the streets of the town. It’s quite a big place Khumjung and nearly every building has a green rooftop so it’s picturesque and also home to more locals than Namche.

We got to the bakery and decided to stay there a little while enjoying the hot chocolate, coffee and the best apple pie we’d eaten perhaps in the last year of travelling! It was well worth the stop. We left Khumjung via the Hilliary school and the massive mani wall that sits to the right of it. From here there are a few steep up and down hill sections which eventually lead you towards looking out over the town of Namche below.

We were back in Namche by 1pm and settled into The Moonlight Lodge, they welcomed us back and we enjoyed more of their good food. By the evening we were sat in front of the fire hoping that we would be able to set out to Lukla the next day as Helen wasn’t feeling very good at all. We said we would let them know in the morning and then they would be able to fix our flight ticket. They do really good finger chips at The Moonlight and they have a very sweet grandchild who is often the center of attention.

  • Day 20: Namche to Lukla

We decided to push on the next day and hike to Lukla, at Moonlight they re-confirmed our flight ticket and told us which guesthouse we would need to arrive at later on in order to arrange the details. We were reassured that we didn’t have to rush though, usually people would need to arrive in Lukla between 3-4pm in order to confirm their flights for the next day but as Helen was feeling ill he said not to worry about that and to take our time.

We still felt an urgency to get there though and before dark. It took us a lot longer than the average 6 hours taken by the locals (we assume it’s the locals – perhaps they do it in even less!). We were now also fully laden with the gear we had left behind at Moonlight and straight away this was pretty noticeable. We enjoyed a good first 3 hours after leaving Namche as it was all pretty much downhill, as we passed by many porters carrying goods up to Namche for the weekend market. We enjoyed a cheese and crackers stop in Mondzo and later on, which felt like hours, we stopped in Phakding for lunch at the same place as we did on our way up. We were probably a little late getting lunch as our energy levels were in need of some rejuvenation, and fortunately for us the food was really good; noodles, eggs and chapatti, followed by a much needed Twix.

It was another 2hrs30mins before we finally got to Lukla at 5.30pm, we were spent and tired and it was a very good feeling to have made it to our final destination. We stayed at The Northface Lodge which is by all accounts a business highway of trekkers coming in or out of Lukla, they are there to sort out flight tickets and try to sell expensive food in the process. Although the food was good and the room decent for it’s price this place doesn’t have much personality. They arranged our tickets and we had all fingers crossed that we would fly out the next day. We were on the 7am 4th flight, and that morning only 4 planes had left Lukla for Kathmandu on the 6am rota so we only hoped the weather would be in our favour.

(Leica M9, Summicron-M 50mm f2.0, 18mm f4, 90mm Tele-Elmarit f2.8 processed in Lightroom 3)

Related posts that may be of interest to you:

  1. Nepal – Bupsa to Namche – 9th/11th March Day 6 Bupsa to Chaurikarka with a high point of 2900m By now we were averaging long days to cover the miles on the trek....
  2. Nepal – Lukla to Kathmandu – 22nd March Day 21: Flight out of Lukla to Kathmandu Up early and ready for our exhilarating flight leaving the Himalayas behind and arriving back in Kathmandu...
  3. Nepal – Namche to Thame to Phortse Tenga – 12th/14th March Day 11: Namche to Thame with a high point of 3950m We opted to take a 2 day acclimatisation period by hiking from Namche to...
  4. Nepal – Phortse Tenga to Gokyo – 15th/17th March Day 14: Phortse Tenga to Dole with a high point of 4084m We had now been on the go for 14 days making our way...


  1. Posted 22 Jul ’12 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    wonderful trip friend! i was looking for Jiri-ebc route info in google and your report helped me for sure… thanks :)

  2. Linus
    Posted 28 Oct ’12 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Now this sounds very familiar! I think I ran into the four of you a few times on my trek. The first time was outside the Ang Chopka lodge in Junbesi where you were relaxing in the sun as I walked past (finally energized after a brutal walk up to Lamjura La the previous day), and then outside a lodge in Paiya as I was chatting with an American trekker. Probably a few more times beside that.

    I stayed in Khumjung for most of my trek and met Joshua and Amata again on one of my supply runs down to Namche and had a nice chat with them. We got to talking about the ubiquitous Singaporeans (whom I hadn’t seen or heard of for almost ten days at that point.) One of them got very sick after drinking stream water and had to get help from the doctor in Khunde, and all four of them broke one of their trekking poles on the way up. 15-20 minutes after parting with J & A I met the Singaporeans again in a shop in Namche! One of many odd coincidences during a wonderful trek.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>