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On the Road to Tengboche

On the Road to Tengboche

Day 14: Fri April 29, 2011 (Periche – Tengboche | 8 hours trek)

Join us on Day 14 of our unforgettable Everest Base Camp trek as we embark on the road to Tengboche Monastery. With refreshed spirits and grateful hearts, we journey through breathtaking landscapes, experience an unexpected blend of modern comforts and ancient spirituality, and savor the simple pleasures that make this day truly memorable. Read on to learn about our adventures, from the tranquil monastery to the lively football match and the scrumptious Snickers Pie.

a pleasant yet scary morning

Today we woke up to a pleasant morning, feeling refreshed after a good night’s rest at a lower altitude. As we started our day, we witnessed a helicopter rescue for a woman who couldn’t cope with the altitude. We all felt sympathy for her and expressed gratitude for our own good fortune. We made it to Everest Base Camp without any incidents.

With mixed emotions, we continued on the road to Tengboche. The bright sun, cool breeze, and gentle stream alongside our path created perfect trekking conditions. The stunning landscape made our descent feel effortless, not only because we were physically descending, but also due to the sense of accomplishment and anticipation of sharing our experiences with loved ones back home.

on the road to Tengboche

In a couple of hours, we reached Pangboche. We had planned to have lunch at the same place we stayed during our ascent. Upon entering the hotel, we were immediately energized by modern entertainment options, such as TV and music. These had become integral parts of our lives.

Throughout our trek from Portse to Pangboche, the striking red Tengboche Monastery caught our attention. We were now heading towards it. After crossing a bridge, the path led us through lush vegetation and a few hotels and houses. This was a drastic change from the barren landscapes we had seen since leaving EBC. Although we enjoyed the greenery, a steep ascent awaited us. Reluctantly, we climbed it and arrived at Tengboche.

On the Road to Tengboche
at Tengboche

The beautifully carved red monastery greeted us warmly as we entered the settlement. Our hotel for the night was conveniently located just opposite the monastery. After a refreshing bath, we visited the Dawa Choling Gompa, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Its intricately painted walls and colossal Buddha statue left us in awe.

On the Road to Tengboche
Buddha Statue @ Tengboche Monastery

The monks chanted prayers in the background, creating a serene atmosphere that nourished our spiritual selves.

Later, some of our group members joined a friendly game of football. A few others indulged in freshly baked treats from a nearby bakery. However, we couldn’t resist the hotel’s signature Snickers Pie, which proved to be a delightful experience.

Coming up next – Singing in the Rain – Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

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