Viewing Post for: Everest Base Camp #1 & #2

Date: Tuesday, October 9
Location: Kathmandu and Bhaktipur

Wonderful day of being immersed in Nepal. We started high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu at an ancient Hindu temple. Picture is of Bill there ringing the bell to let the spirits know we are there. Below us were rice fields and the sprawl of Kathmnadu. 

We passed rice laid out to dry, turned by people in bare feet and using homemade plastic hoes on our way to an enclosed city of Bhaktipur. Here the narrow pedestrian streets wound through 400 year old buildings, temples and shops. The earthquake is still evident here. Some people are living in temporary shelters of sheet metal. Some buildings will never be rebuilt. There are piles of bricks and wood in many places waiting to be used. The earthquake killed over 10,000 people. Tourism has not recovered yet. 

I think a highlight was a stop at a thonka school. These traditional paintings can take over 2 years to paint. Very fine, up to one haired tooth brushes are used. Painting becomes a form of meditation as it is so intricate to paint these. There was some serious shopping done in the display room. 

Dinner was a traditional Nepal dinner that includes sitting on the floor. Course after course was brought out in small brass bowls. Music and dancing accompanied dinner. 

Tomorrow We hopefully fly at 6 am to Lukla, the start of our trek. Stay tuned here to see if the weather allows.

Messages for this post

For: Torey

My niece Susan Sheffield Gordon says hello and Good Luck.lkamu

Shannon (Harry’s wife) - 10/10/2018

For: Bob G.

Will be following your journey. Stay safe and enjoy...

William Fisher - 10/10/2018

For: Bob

Sending blessings to you and your fellow trekkers with each step and gift along the way.

Chipper - 10/10/2018

For: Harry

I hope you are having a great time! Knees up, back straight! Send lots more photos.

Gregor - 10/10/2018

For: Torey and TJ

So in awe of you both! What an inspiration you both are. I’m rooting you on! I hope you have an incredible and safe journey! Lots of love and always believing! Xoxo

Casey Komm - 10/9/2018

For: All

It is 6 AM in Nepal - hope your flight is able to take off -good luck. Love, Shannon

Shannon - 10/9/2018

For: Harry

Andy Magee (Bill and Ellie’s son) is also trekking in Kathmandu abs Nepal - is he on your trip?? If not keep on eye out for a 27 year old American - he lives in North Carolina now but he is from Fairport. Say hi to him from me and his mom and dad.

Shannon - 10/9/2018

For: Bob, Shae and Bill

Hello Dad and friends! I'm glad I can follow you on this post! We are all so excited for you- Cora has been drawing pictures of mountains and telling her (5 year old) friends how her "Beepa" is climbing a mountain. We miss you and love you! So glad Shae and Bill are there with you, hello to you all as well keep my dad safe :)

Camille - 10/9/2018

For: Torey & TJ

Sending you all my love!

Aunt Deee - 10/9/2018

For: Marlene

Take care ! I know you can do it. En espérant que la météo soit avec toute l'équipe... De tout coeur avec toi. So proud of you !

Jean-Claude - 10/9/2018

For: Torey & TJ

What an incredible journey you’re on! Can’t wait to keep following here as your progress! So inspired by both of you and best of luck!

Tommy Pelych - 10/9/2018

For: Torey & TJ

Love following your journey! Stay safe, enjoy it all, love you!

Sheryl - 10/9/2018

For: TJ and Torey

It is about 12:45pm here so you may already be in bed getting ready for the next part of your journey.It is sunny and hot here today, hope your weather is good for traveling.We are doing fine,everything is going well so no worries for you.Just keep yourselves safe and have a wonderful time.After this trip is over you will have four climbs and endless stories and memories from each of them.Very few people ever have the chance to do what you have done.We are so proud!!We love you and miss you!!!!

Sharon - 10/9/2018

For: Torey and TJ

Wow! Your journey sounds so awesome! I’m so glad I can read daily updates here- super cool. Have a safe trip, guys. Keep strong and be careful. We all love you and are holding it down back at home. Have fun! Always Believing

Demi Xenos - 10/9/2018

For: TJ and Torey

So proud and envious of your journey! The best is yet to come as you take the crazy flight to Lukla and hike some in the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. Tell Rick to lay of the Chang until after the trek! Enjoy every step, you are doing yet another amazing thing in memory of Jackie and it doesn't get much more inspirational than that! We'll be watching and thinking of all of you!

Paul & Linda Artruc - 10/9/2018

For: Uncle Torey & TJ

I have no clue where my 1st message went haha!! Anyway, we are so excited for you & we’ll be following your trek & reading the updates. Stay safe, eat lots of food & stay strong! We love you! Xoxo Always believing :)

Moo, Blake & Claire - 10/9/2018

For: All

Sounds like you are really learning about the Nepalese culture. Hoping that the weather cooperates for your flight tomorrow.

Shannon - 10/9/2018

For: All

Sounds like you are really learning about the Nepalese culture. Hoping that the weather cooperates for your flight tomorrow.

Shannon - 10/9/2018

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