8000 Meters Facts
2007: Alpine Ascents Everest expedition: April 11 - Pheriche more
March 11 - Lobuche: We've
just arrived here in Lobuche and decided we would send along the old
dispatches that didn't make it while our communications were down. So here
they are. Tomorrow early we're off to Base Camp and we'll be in touch from
April 7 – Khumjung
A big hello and Namaste from the village of Khumjung.
The gang arrived here this afternoon in the midst of a little snow squall.
So we all looked a bit like drowned rats as we rolled into the Khumjung
Hotel. Hard to call anything up here a Hotel but we’ll go with that. It sort
of makes it feel a little bit more upscale. Anyway, the group is doing very
well and everyone’s health is excellent so far. Tomorrow I’m guessing we’ll
wake up to blue skies and fresh snow up high. The views of Ama Dablam are
excellent from Khumjung and tomorrow morning they should be even more so.
During our hike into Khumjung we came from Thame via Lama Zhangbu’s gompa
high above the trail and the Bhote Khosi. The place is called Gendukpa and
consists of the prayer room cave built by Lama Zhangbu’s grandfather and the
home for the family. We had another blessing from this Lama. I think we’re
on pace for a record number of blessings. We will gladly accept them all!
Pete and a couple of the trekkers came with us to Gendukpa and during tea
Pete did a great job describing some of the iconography and thanka paintings
We’ll just spend one night here in Khumjung then head to Deboche tomorrow
for one night via Tengboche. In the morning some of us will go to visit the
Khunde hospital and Hillary school before starting the walk to Deboche. I’m
certainly looking forward to Deboche as it is one of my favorite spots in
the Khumbu: large rhododendrons, grassy fields, running streams, beautiful
views up valley.
It looks like the we are slowly getting through the shower line up and soup
is almost served.
We’ll be in touch.
All my best,
April 8 – Deboche
Khumjung to Deboche today. This morning Lakpa Rita gave us a tour of the
Khumjung school where he was a high school student. He walked three hours
each way from Thame for three years and was the fourth person to graduate
high school from Thame. Bruce, Bill and Dave went took a tour of the Khunde
hospital with Dr. Kami.
We dropped down to the river at Phunki Thanga, otherwise known as Funky Town
and sometimes Fungi Thanga. We had a picnic lunch there and spent time
airing our bare feet in the sun. Phunki Thanga has many prayer wheels that
spin by the energy of the river’s water flowing through underneath them.
Like prayer flags blowing in the wind, this is another way of saying prayers
without having to do anything The Tengboche hill was the business section of
the day and went by slowly and easily in just a couple of hours. In
Tengboche we went to the bakery, visitors center and monastery. At the
Monastary the trekkers and climbers were treated to a meeting with the
Tengboche Lama before dropping a couple of hundred feet down to Deboche.
Enjoying the oxygen at 12.000 feet tonight!
April 9 – Pheriche
Today we trekked from Deboche which is situated in the Birch and
Rhododendron forest to above tree line and a few Juniper shrubs in Pheriche.
Pheriche is also the base for a high altitude medical clinic. Today was
perhaps one of the most important days of our expedition because we got
blessed in Pangoche by Lama Geshe, the most revered teacher of Buddhism in
the Khumbu Valley. He met with the trekkers for a full hour and then blessed
the climbers and gave us each a postcard of the Chomolungma deity to bring
to the summit of Everest. He has given fifty hand written postcards out and
every one that has gone to the summit has made it home. It was a beautiful
and meaningful experience and has helped us to cultivate our minds for being
ready to climb on the mountain we are heading for. After our blessing we had
a delicious lunch in Shomare and then walked up to Ang Nuru’s Himalayan
lodge in Pheriche. Everyone is feeling well in Pheriche and most of us are
enjoying another hot shower here. Looking forward to a day of rest…
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