Continuing from the last post….Before we left Namche, we visited the Sherpa Museum which is located on the hill above Namche. We also visited a few of our family friends. Growing up in Kathmandu, my sisters and I didn’t really know very many Sherpa people or our relatives. This trip was a wonderful introduction to my own culture. Learning about Sherpa communities and witnessing the beauty of culture, the place and people made me feel proud to be Sherpa. Unlike other parts of Nepal, Sherpa villages are very clean and well kept especially in the Khumbu region (Northeastern Nepal).
Enjoy the post about our journey from Namche to Tengboche. I had difficulty choosing pictures for this post since all of them are so beautiful. I narrowed it down to around 40 pictures out of the nearly 2000 pictures we (mostly Sam) took.
Mom and I. Beautiful Namche in the background.
Beautiful flowers in Namche.
Sherpa Museum with traditional kitchen wares.
Cups made up of wood.
Outside the museum with lots of prayer wheels.
Stupa on the way to Tengboche.
In front of the Stupa.
Trail to Tenboche
Tea time at Ama Dablam lodge.
Can you see the mountain?
Children in the mountains learn to ride yaks at a very young age?
I was the only person on the trail wearing hot pink.
Doing my best to look cute despite not showering or seeing a mirror for a couple of days.
Sam was impressed at the large loads some of the mountain women were carrying and tried to lift one himself.
It turned out to be much heavier than Sam expected and the whole group of porters got a huge kick out of his attempts at lifting the heavy load.
Sam finally gave up but provided some good entertainment.
Last bridge before Namche.
We were too late to see the rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) in bloom, however luckily there was one late bloomer.
On the way, we met this group of traveling nuns. They spoke Tibetan, so only my mom could talk to them.
Sam and I resting our legs.
My coat got torn on some bushes, luckily we had some band-aids to patch it with before all the feathers came out.
Potato bread being cooked on a traditional earthen stove. The stove is L shaped, wood is fed in the bottom and food is cooked on the top.
My mom hired Dawa to help us with the trip. He really liked taking photos and also didn’t mind posing for a few. But he was also an amazing hiker. Despite carrying a heavy pack, he was always way ahead of us and always had a big smile.
These stones are placed by passing hikers.
As we got higher, the fields became less lush and the landscape got drier.
As soon as we reached Tengboche, I started posing for pictures 🙂
I even made Sam pose for a couple photos.
In front of Tengboche. Built in 1923, Tengboche is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Despite being destroyed twice, first by an earthquake in 1934 and again by a fire in 1989, it has been rebuilt and still stands tall which shows the commitment and faith of Sherpas in the area.
We stayed at a hotel in Tengboche.
Dinner time in Tengboche. It was hard to eat, we were so tired.
Sam got up around 4am in the morning as usual and went on a hike. He took beautiful pictures while I was still sleeping. Tengboche has a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everst, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Here on the right, you can see Ama Dablam with the first morning rays of sunlight shining from behind it. On the left Mt. Everest is obscured by clouds.
This is Tengboche monastery, supporting buildings, and the hotel we stayed at (in the bottom left) from the hill above Tengboche.
Alternative style of prayer flags.
There were plenty of mountain flowers.
I finally woke up and took a few photos before breakfast.
We even found a yak to pose with. I might look like I am dancing, but really the yak moved suddenly and I was running away 🙂
The yak got breakfast before I did.
The monastery is painted with beautiful bright colors, and the mountains provide a beautiful backdrop.
We kind of hoped we could fly back all the way to the bottom since the hike was so long.
The monastery kitchen, where food for ~30 monks was prepared.
Breakfast time at last.
Breakfast included chapati with potato and vegetable curry.
Dawa and I practiced the ancient Buddhist art of levitation. Dawa was very good since he committed less sins than me.
Butter lamps in Tengboche.
Lighting butter lamps.
Mom and I tried to pose in front of Everest, but I blocked the view.
Pointing at Everest.
Sam and I trying to look as goofy as possible.
Blue pine cones. I had never seen such a blue thing in nature before.
Sam picked some flowers for me.