Recce to the Thamo Loop

thamorunners Recce to the Thamo Loop   The Thamo loop is one of the most distinctive aspects of the Original Everest Marathon route. Having started at Gorak Shep (5200m), whch incidentely is the original everest base camp used for its first ascent, the marathon route descends to Chhorkung just above Namche Bazaar 3446m. However, at this point, the route heads of west and away from the town towards to incredibly beautiful village of Thamo with its Monestry sited well above it. Generally this is a relatively level path so today becomes an opportunity to walk the route to learn about a couple of minor route options and again to stretch ones legs and enoy the breathtaking views on this much more remote part of the Khumbu. 


 On our return, our camp has been moved up the mountain to Khumjung 3780m and it is this extension to the day which proved the hardest element for some. it would be fair to say that we were all relived to see everyone arrive safely in camp as dusk was creeping ever more rapidly in. Khumjung is a beatiful but more dramatically remote location and over night temparatures drop to well below zero fr the first of many very cold nights. Those who decided to heed te warnings about the need to have sleeping bags capable of -40c slept well!

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