Namche Bazaar is quite a unique experience. While a village that serves as a center of Sherpa culture, traces of outside influence are ubiquitous. It is a place where the old ways cross with the new. With alleyways lined with shops selling practically everything, you can try something genuinely local or stick to what you are familiar with.
The kitchen crew at Holiday Namche (www.holidaynamche.com) kicks into high gear to attend to the sustenance needs of trekkers who are spending the night in the lodge. The gentleman in pink is Ang Norbu Sherpa, a guide for 20 years who decided to focus on the lodging business in 2004. The lady is his wife Nawang Kasang Sherpa who runs the business with him. Great couple and hosts. And cooks.
When most of the guests have already hit the sack, the owners of Holiday Namche, along with their friends, some of whom are guiding for the guests, enjoy their time playing a game of cards. This particular game, which my faculties failed to grasp even after my efforts to observe meticulously, makes use of two decks. Well at least I figured that one out.