WOW, I just had my 1st shower since Namche. Feeling like a million bucks. And there is internet connection available by the minute.
We arrived at 1pm today in Pheriche (14,400’).
We left Namche Bazaar April 4th and trekked far up the valley to Tesing, ate lunch in a tea house by the Dudh Koshi River, crossed over and climbed up to Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery is probably the most important monastery in the Khumbu. In Tibetan history, Tengboche in Khumbu was known many centuries ago as a Sacred Land or Hidden Valley. Buddhism came to the Khumbu region of Nepal 350 years ago because of a Lama Sangwa Dorje. He established the 1st monastery in Khumbu at Pangboche.
Tengboche (12,500’) sits high above the Khumbu Valley, overlooking a vast panorama of valleys and high snow mountains. Rinpoche Ngawang Tenzin Jangpo and 50 monks live in the monastery following an age-old routine of prayer, study and retreat.
April 4 & 5 we spent in a small lodge just below Tengboche at Deboche. This morning we hiked up to Pangboche and were blessed by Lama Geshe. In a traditional ceremony he tied a red string around our necks, chanted Tibetan scriptures and made offering’s to the Goddess of the Universe, Chomolungma. It was very moving.
A little note about our trek leader, Phu Tashi. Phu Tashi was born in 1956 in Kunde, above Namche. When he was 14 years old his older brother died in the Everest icefall working on the 1970 Japanese Expedition. His mother pressured him not to be a high-altitude porter or guide. He did however work on many expeditions over the years as a cook. He has known Sir Edmund Hillary and worked on Reinhold Messner’s 1984 Dalaghari Expedition. His mother at 91 is still alive. He owns 6 yaks which are portering some of our bags and gear. His wife is here with him helping lead the yaks. He is a bundle of strength and energy, always willing to help you in any way.