Friends, family and loved
ones, A fresh coat of white covered our world when we woke up this morning in
Khumjung. Clear skies and intense sunshine soon melted the snow of the trail.
We split up this morning to allow for some customized sightseeing. Dave and
our three medical climbers headed of to the Khunde Clinic. They were well
received and got the grand tour of the facilities. As a bonus, it was
immunization day so they got to see dozens of pretty babies. They rest of us
went for the culturally interesting tour of the Khumjung Gompa. This
monastery, with it’s ornately painted interior, is home of the world famous
Yeti scalp. And for a small donation we were allowed a viewing of the hairy
hemisphere. Way cool.
Then it was off to the
Tengboche Monastery, a world heritage site that is the most important Buddhist
religious center in the Khumbu region. This Gompa is a must see for all
visitors to this valley. Not only did we tour it, we heard the monks chanting
and got a great view of Everest reaching up out of the clouds. We are all
acclimatizing well, however two of us are trying to get over upper respiratory
crud. Our spirits remain high and we are putting on weight from all the good
cooking our chef Gopal turns out three times a day. Yummy!
Stay tuned for the future
adventures of the Team!
April 2 - Khumjung: It was a
good day. Clear skies in the morning, snow in the afternoon and a crisp clear
evening. Everyone is now in bed and getting some rest before our move to
The morning started with an early trip up to the Thame Monastery and a
blessing from the Rinpoche or ‘reincarnate lama’. The monastery is nestled
into the hillside over looking the village of Thame and the Bhote Kosi River.
On the way up the clear skies allowed us to see up the Nangpa Valley to Cho
Oyu and toward the historic Nangpa La Pass which serves as the main trade
route between Tibet and the Khumbu. It’s also the common route for Tibetan
refugees to leave China en route to India via Nepal. The monastery is nearly
400 years old and has a fascinating prayer hall. It just recently had a nice
addition constructed which was funded by the Himalayan Trust. Trekkers and
climbers both visited the gompa together and then descended back to Thame.
We went to Lakpa Rita’s home for tea and a visit with his mother and
mother-in-law. The two of them always bring a smile to my face. They are both
mischievous and fun loving characters and gracious to bring everyone in. All
24 of us were given more katas and blessings and sent off with a belly full of
tea. Tea is an essential part of any reunion, introduction, meeting,
celebration, etc. Nothing is accomplished without a few cups of tea.
Eventually we made our way onward to Khumjung and parked ourselves at the
Sherpa Land Lodge just across the way from the Hillary School. Chris, Alastair,
Lakpa and I got into another game of hearts which Lakpa stole this time.
Supertramp’s Greatest Hits provided a good sound track for the afternoon
around the fire in the teahouse and we actually had a bit of spontaneous group
singing… yeah, it was scary- certainly disturbing to anyone witnessing. We’ll
try not to embarrass ourselves again.
In the morning we’re off again to Deboche. It’s snowing again now and time for
We’ll be in touch soon.
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