When last we checked in with Rick, he had climbed up to Namche Bazaar, a popular checkpoint on the trek where most people stop for a rest day to acclimatize to the altitude. After literally and figuratively catching his breath there however, Rick continued his journey on to Tengboche, another popular stop on the trekking route, which is home to an amazing monastery that has captivated visitors for years.
The hike up to Tengboche is reportedly not nearly as difficult as the early days of the trek leading to Namche, but the views beging to change quite dramatically, as the High Himalaya begin to close in. Rick caught sight of Ama Dablam, which he notes would soon become his favorite mountain of the entire region.
One of the great things about this trek is that Rick went independently, giving him the freedom to roam as he saw fit. That meant if he was feeling strong, he could keep hiking, but if the altitude was bothering him, he could rest some and not worry about slowing down a group or trying to keep up with them. This definitely had its benefits through his journey, and as noted earlier, traveling independently through Nepal is safe and easy for experienced trekkers.
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