After completing successful Island Peak ascent, we started heading back to Tengboche, Namche Bazaar and finally Lukla. This way, because of descending, can be done within 2 days. While you can read about Namche Bazaar in my previous posts, I am going to consume most of the space here by beutiful Tengboche pictures.
Coming back from Chukhung, we passed again through Dingboche: returned our Island Peak climbing equipment, had a cup of good coffee and marched to Tenboche Monastery. The route here starts descending and gets much much easier. Being uber acclimatised, I had an impression I can run to Lukla.
Dingboche is a good place to take last pictures of Ama Dablam. This Toblerone of Himalayas, despite being less than 7000 meters heigh, gives the impression of being one of the heighest peaks here. Very photogenic.
Tengboche and it's Monastery
Tengboche Monastery is the most popular and biggest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is situated at an altitude of 3,867 meters and is the only monastery at this height in the entire world. Tengboche monastery is an important landmark on the pathway to Everest Base Camp and an important religious site in the Sagarmatha National Park. This makes it a popular stay for all EBC tourists and trekkers. On top of the stunning views on Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Everest, you can attend evening monk gathering and listen to their mantra prayings.
Tengboche despite being quite touristy has a lot of charm, just look athe 5AM pictures below to have the grasp of it. I highly recommend you to wake up very early and stroll through the village to get the feel of an empty village, take sunrise photos and listen to the first prayings from the Monastery.
Where did we stay: Trekker’s Lodge.
Namche one last time
We decided to stay in the same Lodge as when starting our trek: Khumbu Lodge an took some of the advantages of Namche’s metropoly:
- You can visit neighbouring villages, which are far more interesting than Namche itself
- After 15 days of trekking, you can get some solid food here
- You can enjoy your last day in Solokhumbu area
Being stuck in Lukla
Being stuck in Lukla due to weather conditions (let’s name it:fog) is definitely something you do not want. There is nothing to do in the village itself. If your flight is cancelled and there are little chances you will get it the next day, do not hesitate and return your flight ticket (160$). For a little more money, about 50$, you will get a helicopter lift back to Kathmandu. There are plenty of people looking for a helicopter share at the Lukla airport.