Liquid Bar in Namche Bazaar, Nepal
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Go For a Drink at High Altitude
Ever gotten tipsy at 11,286 feet (3,440m)? No climb or trek through Nepal's widely travelled Solukhumbu region is truly complete--or properly started--without a high-altitude night on the town in Namche Bazaar: a small, Himalayan hamlet that serves as the proverbial gateway to Everest. Raju Darlami (pictured in the center...obviously), owner of Liquid Bar in Namche Bazaar, pours drinks for Freds and seasoned trekkers alike, climbers attempting new heights, and occasionally, gods of the mountaineering world. Big names in Alpinism like Jamling Tenzing Norgay (son of Everest climbing pioneer Tenzing Norgay), Jon Krakauer, David Breashears, to name a few--all have graced this Himalayan haunt. Beer and mixed drinks cost upwards NRs. 350 (around $4), but after weeks of drinking nothing but black tea or iodized water, it's worth it. And for those still adjusting to the altitude--the trekking lodge is only a short stumble away. Just be sure to bring a headlamp.
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