The first day may have been a long day to start for some, but it allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the ascent to the bazaar, a gap in the trees allows us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear, the top and the southwest ridge will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.
Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday where displays include meat, grains, and vegetables, as well as other Tibetan goods. The Sherpas play host to traders from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. This day is longer, and usually the trip takes about 5-6 hrs.