On our way to Namche Bazaar, we spent 6 hours and 40 minutes on the trail, crossed five suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi, gained 2,723 feet, encountered one dzo jam, and finally arrived at our lovely guest house in Namche Bazaar.

After our less than ideal room in Phakding, our expectations were set very low for the tea houses we would encounter further out along the trail. Pleasantly surprised, the tea house in Namche Bazaar had a clean bathroom, beautiful views out the windows of our corner room, power to charge all of our electronics, and a hot shower – it’s like the Four Seasons of tea houses!

Another highlight of the day – being able to wash my hands with soap at the outdoor sink of the restaurant where we ate lunch.