Home
   Today's News
   8000 Meters Facts
  
Banners Ads
   Bookstore
   Classified Ads
   Climb for Peace
  
Contact

   Downloads
  
Educational
  
Expeditions
  
Facts
  
Games
  
Gear
  
History
  
Interviews

   Mailing List
   Media

   Medical
  
News (current)
   News Archives
   Sat Phones
   Search
   Seven Summits
   Snowboard
   Speakers
   Students
   Readers Guide
   Risks

   Trip Reports
   Visitor Agreement

   Volunteer/help

 

    
  

 

  




  Everest 2006: Fi and Paul: Visiting the Tengboche Monastery


Visiting the Tengboche Monastery

Paul seated in front of the Lama after receiving his blessing.

Location: Deboche
Altitude: 3700m
Local Time: 17:30, 28 March
Weather: 8C, Cloudy

Hi everyone, it's Paul here.

Today was a scheduled rest day, so we had a late breakfast and set about charging some batteries for our sat phone and ipaq. After breakfast we headed back to Tengboche to see the Monastery. Unfortunately there was no morning service, so we went back to the infamous bakery to try a few other items, but couldn’t find anything worth rating! After spending some time relaxing in the sun (it's t-shirt weather) we went back to Deboche for lunch. It's a really slippery, muddy & icy path between Tengboche and Deboche, so we had to proceed with caution. Fortunately we made it fine.

Blessing by the Lama
One of our Sherpas arranged for us to have a blessing by the Lama. We were given a silk Kata each, which is a cream coloured scarf. We then put in a small donation into the Kata and were ushered into the Lama's house, on the grounds of the Monastery. You approach the Lama, hand him the Kata, he opens it up, the money falls to his lap, he says a few words and places the kata around your neck. We then all sat in the room, while he said some words in the Sherpa language. Afterwards we found out that he said to keep the mountain clean and look after the Sherpas.

Visiting the Tengboche Monastery
After our blessing by the Lama we attended the afternoon service at the monastery. After taking our shoes off, we all filed into the temple room and were seated on rugs to one side. The monks came in, prostrated themselves many times in front of a 3m high statue of the Budda and then put on crimson robes over their crimson polar fleeces. They then sat on elevated platfoms and started chanting. The chanting continued for about 10 minutes, before they stopped and were served tea by a young monk. They then started chanting again and after 10 or so minutes, were served some more tea. The temple was extremely cold and after about half an hour we all slowly left and hurriedly put on our shoes and started jumping around to get the blood flowing.

Hi to all the QECVI English Students in Canada.
You wanted to know about the effects of thin air. We will give you some more detail later on, but I can tell you that what we notice most is feeling out of breath. If you go and run 100 yards as hard as you can, then you will feel the same as we do when we are just walking.

To Liane from Canada - we will find out if Mingma Sherpa is the same one that climbed with Shaunna Burke and Ben Webster.

Tomorrow we are off to Dingboche, which is over 700m higher than here, so it will be interesting to see how we all cope.

Cheers,
Paul.

Updates

Millet One Sport Everest Boot  has made some minor changes by adding more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to -75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads. Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated collar.

Expedition footwear for mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold.  NOTE US SIZES LISTED. See more here.

A cold weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura® upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand See more here.

 






 

   Ascenders

   Atlas snowshoes

   Atomic

   Big Agnes

   Black Diamond

   Brunton

   Carabiners

   Chaco

   Cloudveil

   Columbia
  
CMI

   Crampons

   Edelweiss ropes
  
Eureka Tents

   Exofficio

   FiveTen

   Featured

   FoxRiver

   Gregory

   Granite Gear

   Harnesses
  
Headlamps

   Hestra
  
Helmets

   Helly Hansen

   HighGear

   HornyToad
  
Ice Axes

   Julbo

   Kavu Eyewear

   Katadyn

   Kelty

   Kong

   Lekisport

   Life is Good

   Lowa

   Lowe Alpine

   Lowepro

   Millet

   Motorola

   Mountain Hardwear

   Mountainsmith

   MSR

   Nalgene

   New England Ropes

   Nikwax

   Omega

   Osprey

   Outdoor Research
  
Patagonia

   Pelican

   Petzl

   Prana

   Princeton Tec

   Primus

   Rope Bags

   Royal Robbins

   Salomon

   Scarpa

   Scott

   Seattle Sports

   Serius
  
Sleeping Bags

   Sterling Rope

   Stubai

   Suunto

   Tents

   Teva

   Thermarest

   Trango

   Tool Logic

   Trekking Poles
  
Yaktrax
  
and more here

 



Send email to     •   Copyright© 1998-2005 EverestNews.com
All rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Disclaimer, Privacy Policy, Visitor Agreement, Legal Notes: Read it