Today Peter, Laurie, David, Suzanne and Darren have motored along from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung. Everest Circuit Trek Day 4 is probably the shortest day (distance wise) of the trip. It comes on the back of a rest and acclimatisation day yesterday (day 3) so everyone will be feeling pretty good again after the solid day up to Namche on day 2. Even though it’s a relatively short distance day, our group will have ascended around 350 vertical metres by the time they reach Khumjung at 3780m. This represents the maximum safe altitude gain given the team hasn’t yet slept higher than 3440m.
The perfect weather again today made the trek to Khumjung the stunning experience they’d hoped for. Views up valley to Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nupste and Ama Dablam dominate the skyline until the left turn just past Sanasa. This short video shows the view up valley our group was enjoying during their trek today.
On arriving in Khumjung there is plenty to do. The famous (or perhaps infamous) Yeti’s head is an attraction on display at the Khumjung Monastery and is a must see. The Khumjung school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary is also well worth a visit and there are plenty of bakeries selling fresh cakes and treats that we always find a reason to visit. Khunde is also worth a visit and is a gentle 15 minute stroll to the west of Khumjung. Khunde has a medical centre staffed by western doctors year round. This facility is vital to the health and wellbeing of the Sherpa people of this region.
Khumjung is a large village and there is always plenty happening. The views of Ama Dablam from here are spectacular so relaxing outside in a comfortable chair with your favourite book is also a great way to enjoy this stunning part of the world.