Freedom Climb 2013 – Long, Hot, Dusty, and all Uphill – The Hike to Namche

By – Celia Shortt

The Freedom Climb team endured their longest and most difficult hike (so far) and made it to Namche! In the midst of the difficulty of the hike, they pulled together and powered through. Their hike was filled with beautiful scenery, huge heights, and wonderful fellowship with each other and God.

Eating breakfast before leaving Phakding

Eating breakfast before leaving Phakding

Preparing to leave Phakding

Preparing to leave Phakding

Hiking to Namche

Hiking to Namche

The river on the hike to Namche

The river on the hike to Namche

The ladies crossing the river on a really high bridge on the way to Namche

The ladies crossing the river on a really high bridge on the way to Namche

Break at Monjo on the way to Namche

Break at Monjo on the way to Namche

Break at Monjo on the way to Namche

Break at Monjo on the way to Namche

Judy Hart - Hiking to Namche

Judy Hart – Hiking to Namche

Stopping for lunch

Stopping for lunch

Namche!

Namche!

“We are at a guesthouse in Namche, Nepal. Today we hiked from 7 am to 5 pm up the side of an extremely steep mountain. It was the hardest physical thing I have ever experienced, but I know there are people suffering every single day- which makes this effort worth it.” – Sarah Bradfield

Sarah and Annette at Namche

Sarah and Annette at Namche

“We have had a long hike from Phakding today! The trail was busy with yaks, donkeys and groups of people, in addition to porters with heavy loads! Several ladies still weakened, and hike long + altitude, so it took a while! All 3 teams cheered one another on! Such good fellowship and attitudes among ladies. Several said hardest hike of their life!” – Annette Sky

“Made it to Namche – elev 11,000 ft. We climbed at least 8 hrs straight up. Hardest thing I’ve ever done! Only God got us up today!” – Becky Barnhart

“We have made it to Namche!!!! What a day! You need to look images of this place up.” – Cheryl Bell

Namche Campsite

Namche Campsite

Christina and Pat

Christina and Pat

The team's campsite at Namche

Namche Campsite

Rose and Denise

Rose and Denise

Tomorrow, the climbers will spend a day in Namche to adjust to the altitude. While there, they will go on a short (40 minute) hike and spend most of their time resting and adjusting to being 3,000 feet higher in elevation.

Continue to pray for their health and stamina.
Pray that they will adjust to the altitude and gain the rest that they need.
Pray that they will impact the lives of those they come into contact with in Namche.

Be sure to check the Freedom Climb Facebook page and website for more information.

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5 thoughts on “Freedom Climb 2013 – Long, Hot, Dusty, and all Uphill – The Hike to Namche

  1. You ladies are incredible! You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Praying for health, stamina, the ability to rest deeply, and joy as you trek! Denise, you inspire me!

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