Reports from Nepal on the 2017 race
15 November Namche Bazaar
We had a hectic time in Kathmandu with an excursion to Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, and Durbar Square, full of temples and palaces reconstructed after the devastating earthquakes in 2015, and a fancy dress fun run from Nagarkot ( Himalayan views), to Sankhu.
On Sunday we had a crack of dawn flight to Lukla and set off north , up the Dudh Khosi valley on a short trek to the first lodge at Phakding. Next day came the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar where we spent two nights.
Yesterday we climbed up to the Everest View hotel, with a truly magnificent view of Ama Dablam. Today most of the group ran or walked up the Bhote Kosi valley to Thamo and back, on the infamous Thamo loop – the last 6 miles of the race. What a beautiful trail.
The two groups have just set off for Khumjung, for their first night in tents. The weather has been fabulous, hot under blue skies. This is the start of the trek up the Gokyo valley for acclimatisation.
Diana and Ali
Most people are frantically packing, checking the kit list to make sure that nothing has been forgotten and trying to reduce their luggage weight!
Daithi from Dublin is already in Nepal, trekking/running in Helambu, while Travis and Kelly leave Australia tomorrow. Most of us leave home on Wednesday 8 November and reach Kathmandu the next day. We’ll break you in gently: after an astonishing and turbulent ride from the airport you will find the Hotel Shanker a haven of peace. But you are going to be very busy until we fly to Lukla on Sunday. Don’t forget your fancy dress for the fun run on Saturday!
Sadly, Dave Buckler, our chief doctor, and his wife have had to drop out at the last minute due to family illness. But Simon and Heather Milligan (both doctors from previous races) will be able to provide their medical skills on race day. Our thoughts go to the Buckler family.
See y’all in Kathmandu! Diana and Ali