National Geographic : 2003 May
A Sherpa guide (bottom, at left) points out the peaks to Austrian trekkers outside a Namche Bazaar lodge. To avoid altitude sickness, most visitors spend a day getting acclimatized in Namche, elevation 11,300 feet. Rush hour consists of a few yaks-the freight cars of Khumbu-lumbering past a cybercafe, a lifeline for the elec tronically wired. The cafe's owners also run a grocery store, a lodge, and an outdoor equipment shop.