13 Apr

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After a few interesting days in Kathmandu, the excitement of the group at the landing at Lukla airport, the first night we spent in the Himalayas with my friend Norbu Sherpa at Phakding and a sunny day during which we crossed several suspension bridges on the Dud Koshi river, we arrived at Namche Bazaar. This capital of the Sherpa people is becoming more and more well-ordered and beautiful every year. This is the only capital in the world where there is no traffic, crowded streets or irritable people. It is the capital where you feel genuinely welcome, where everyone invites you for tea and is happy to see you again. Population is no more than 1000. They all know each other and help each other.

It is nice to be back here.

I met a friend of mine yesterday who told me that he considered Namche to be the most beautiful place in the world and that he would be happy to live here. It is generally an opinion of most people who genuinely feel these people and the Himalayas. Today we have climbed a hill over 4000m above sea level for acclimatization purposes, but also for a million dollar view – Everest, Lotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku … After an hour spent in contemplation and peace and quiet on the hill, my friend Zoran, from the island of Krk, broke the silence saying: “Nothing else matters in life now!

We went back to Namche where I met the headmaster of Bikumara primary school, and spent some time talking to him. It was peaceful and quiet. I could just hear the sound of a hammer and chisel against the stone in the distance, as stonecutters prepared stone to build a new house. Everything is done by hand and with attention … I do not see people bustle in the street at any time. A day lasts longer here …

Tomorrow we are going to the monastery of Thyangboche where we will spend the night. The team is excellent. There are climbers from Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia. Everybody feels great, there are no health problems, and the mood is also good, matching the situation. We are sending greetings from this wonderful place and lots of good energy of the Himalayas.
Or as today Dača from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, vividly said: “When I see this poor porter carrying 100kg on his back smiling at me as we pass by, I want to punch myself in the butt every time I moan about the difficulties and hard work!

Expedition Leader
Dragan Jacimovic
Extreme Summit Team

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