I just got back to Namche from the trip to the base camp for Kyajo Ri- a mountain at 6126 meters so fairly significant height. Was quite a climb up - about of the way Mtn so we saw no people on the trail.
We spent the night at a remote Gompa (monastery) where there were 4 Spaniards staying and a Young Swedish woman named Sarah who was spending 7 hours a day meditating in a cave behind the Gompa.
The inner part of the cave was covered with Buddhist ceremonial objects and small statues and photos of Dahlai llamas. We had Dal Bhat for dinner and omelettes and Tsampa for breakfast. Pleasant stay. The second day steep climbs up rugged mountain faces before reaching the flats to the lake and glaciers forming base camp. One night there then on to advanced base camp higher up the mountain then a push for the top.
(Images courtesy of Buck Benson)
Then the climbers - Lonnie, Elias, Bridget, and Furba Sherpa will head down to Namche Bazaar (might be as early as the 28th) to rest before heading to Ama Dablam to attempt that mountain. Exciting stuff. All is well.