Today we leave Namche and continue our trek towards Everest base camp. Taking a steep exit out of Namche we head out towards Deboche with an elevation of 3,820m which will see us travel around 10km along dusty tracks through the forest with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse in front of us.
A beautiful sunny and relatively clear day makes it a hot, sweaty and dusty trek that seems to be as much downhill as steep uphill sections. The trail, normally packed with around 80 to 100,000 tourist trekkers per season is almost deserted but this doesn’t stop the few trekkers we meet stopping our progress to grab a photo with Nimsdai, its a welcome rest for us so we don't mind the impromptu photo shoots! Tourists want their photo with the world’s most famous climber but often its the Nepali people who want a photo with the legend, as he’s quickly becoming known as across Nepal and the world! His endless charitable work, ambassadorial role and seemingly impossible achievements and world records is making him a loved son of Nepal and all its people.
We lunch at a picturesque tea house overlooking the river and then push on up the steep climb to Tengbouche Monastery and get to peak inside to see the temple. The tea rooms and cafes are closed, as the trade hasn’t returned enough to open them yet so so we take a fast decent into Debuche to get settled into our hotel, the Rivendell Lodge (named after a place in the Lord of the Rings trilogy strangely) for the evening which turns out to be a newly constructed lodge providing a very comfortable base with a lively dining hall.