Namche to Tengboche .

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. DSC_2395-001

Beautiful flowers in Namche.  DSC_2415-001

Sherpa Museum with traditional kitchen wares.  DSC_2417-001

Cups made up of wood. DSC_2421-001

Outside the museum with lots of prayer wheels. DSC_2465-001

Prayer wheels. DSC_2474-001

Beautiful valley.DSC_2481-001


Stupa on the way to Tengboche.DSC_2517-002

In front of the Stupa. DSC_2519-001

Trail to TenbocheDSC_2520-001

Tea time at Ama Dablam lodge. DSC_2584-001

Can you see the mountain?DSC_2585-001

Children in the mountains learn to ride yaks at a very young age?DSC_2598-001

I was the only person on the trail wearing hot pink. DSC_2609-001

Doing my best to look cute despite not showering or seeing a mirror for a couple of days. DSC_2614-001

Sam was impressed at the large loads some of the mountain women were carrying and tried to lift one himself. DSC_2620-001

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. DSC_2625-001

Sam finally gave up but provided some good entertainment. DSC_2626-001

Last bridge before Namche. DSC_2640-001

We were too late to see the rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) in bloom, however luckily there was one late bloomer.  DSC_2661-001

On the way, we met this group of traveling nuns. They spoke Tibetan, so only my mom could talk to them.DSC_2666-001

Sam and I resting our legs. DSC_2681-001

My coat got torn on some bushes, luckily we had some band-aids to patch it with before all the feathers came out.  SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

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.  DSC_2634-001

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. SDC14099-001

As we got higher, the fields became less lush and the landscape got drier. SDC14083-001

As soon as we reached Tengboche, I started posing for pictures 🙂DSC_2695-001

I even made Sam pose for a couple photos.DSC_2699-001

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. DSC_2703-001
We stayed at a hotel in Tengboche. SDC14115-001

Dinner time in Tengboche. It was hard to eat, we were so tired. SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

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.DSC_2717-001

This is Tengboche monastery, supporting buildings, and the hotel we stayed at (in the bottom left) from the hill above Tengboche.                                                                           DSC_2820-001 DSC_2798-001 DSC_2758-001 DSC_2757-001DSC_2729-002DSC_2843-001

Alternative style of prayer flags. DSC_3052-001 DSC_3047-001 DSC_3032-001

There were plenty of mountain flowers. DSC_3021-001 DSC_3020-001 DSC_2878-001 DSC_2871-001 DSC_2847-001 DSC_2846-001

I finally woke up and took a few photos before breakfast.                                   DSC_3102-001

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 🙂DSC_3133-001

The yak got breakfast before I did. DSC_3127-001

The monastery is painted with beautiful bright colors, and the mountains provide a beautiful backdrop. DSC_3123-001

We kind of hoped we could fly back all the way to the bottom since the hike was so long.DSC_3112-001 DSC_3110-001

The monastery kitchen, where food for ~30 monks was prepared. DSC_3137-001

Breakfast time at last. DSC_3194-001

Breakfast included chapati with potato and vegetable curry.DSC_3201-001DSC_3193-001

Dawa and I practiced the ancient Buddhist art of levitation. Dawa was very good since he committed less sins than me.DSC_3154-001

Butter lamps in Tengboche. DSC_3143-001

Lighting butter lamps. DSC_3139-001

Mom and I tried to pose in front of Everest, but I blocked the view.DSC_3236-001

Pointing at Everest. DSC_3232-001 DSC_3228-001

Sam and I trying to look as goofy as possible. DSC_3223-001 DSC_3217-001


Blue pine cones. I had never seen such a blue thing in nature before. DSC_3346-001  DSC_3290-001


Sam picked some flowers for me.DSC_3275-001

One comment

  1. Abiskar says:

    Awesome pics that you, your mom and your hubby has taken. Did you get to taste local food as well ? I saw couple of sherpa recipes in you blog but they were kinda modified version. Can you post more of traditional/authentic recipes please.

    Looking forward to read more from you !