With porters and yaks helping us ferry our heavy equipment, we start the long walk up through the foothills, passing through some wonderful Sherpa villages on the way. A long wooden suspension bridge takes us across the gorge. It bounces well when you walk across but is more secure than it looks. We reach Namche Bazar from where we can walk up the valley to get our first view of the mountains. Unfortunately Everest was hidden by clouds but we managed to get a good view of Ama Dablam (a mere 6,000'er).