Local time: 07 April 19:20
Weather: Fine early, now snowing heavily -2C
It’s Damien at Tengboche. Today saw the end of our acclimatization rest days at Namche Bazaar so we continued our upward trek arriving at our next stop, Tengboche.
Namche Bazaar Market
Before departing for Tengboche we visited the Namche Bazaar market. The market was buzzing with traders and shoppers buying and selling just about anything from fresh produce, to Yak cheese, to shoes and whisky. The market is held weekly and we could see many of the locals, including the cooks from our lodge, stocking up on supplies.
The Trek to Tengboche
The trek to Tengboche today was the most physically challenging day we have experienced so far. The path here from Namche Bazaar drops down to enable a river crossing before turning steeply uphill. We were eager to reach Tengboche before 3pm in order to catch the monk prayer ceremony so we maintained a smart pace. The non climbers (Tim, Reni and I) appeared to be the most puffed by the time we reached Tengboche, however we quickly recovered and are all feeling fine. About two thirds of the way through the trek Tim remarked that he hopes the GPS does the steep track justice!
Shortly after arriving and settling into our lodge we visited the Tengboche Monastery in time to watch the daily monk prayer ceremony. For this the monks sit in rows in front of an alter, dressed in traditional red and yellow gowns and chant out loud together. Periodically large gongs, symbols and an instrument that looks like a clarinet are used that combine to form sounds that vibrated though our chests. Visitors sit around the edge of the room to watch the proceedings and we were surprised that the flashes of cameras did not seem to phase the monks or break their concentration in any way.
Tomorrow is a rest day. Depending on the level of snow that falls overnight we are planning a walk up nearby hill to get good view of the area.
Glad you are enjoying the Google GPS map. The football field refers to a particular part of the icefall where it is relatively flat open area. Good luck with the stair master.
Ann and Graham (Kentucky),
Thanks for the message. The PDA, GPS logger and communications equipment we use to update the website attracts alot of attention from everyone here including the local people who are very inquisitive about it. There is definitely a sci-fi element.
Tim and I have been surprised by what is available here also! To answer your questions; (1) All up we have about five porters accompanying us on the trek. (2) Yes Asian Trekking will have base camp set up prior to our arrival. (3) In total there will be seven climbers in the group. (4) We are not sure what a Tongba is.
Glad you are enjoying the maps. Yes all going well it will work on the mountain.
Ryan (OHARARP LLC),
We are really enjoying using the GPS data logger. We cant believe how quickly it obtains the sat coordinates and shuts down. It is so quick (about 1 second) that at first we thought it was not working. A great device!!
Thanks for the message. Glad you are enjoying the 3D maps.