EBC trek Day 05 - Namche Bazaar trek 10km to Tengboche (3,867m) to Deboche (3,820m)

Day 05 (01.11.17) - Namche Bazaar (3,313m) trek 10.1km to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft) and then to Deboche (3,871m) in 6hrs. Difference in elevation: +558m.

Today after breakfast we started our trek with pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak with view of the eastern snow-capped mountains.  We crossed another high bridge at the village of Phunki Tenga, where we will stop for lunch.

The trail leads uphill through the forested path and the hardly walk to get to Tengboche. One of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya and the first thing that comes to your eye is the site of the largest gompa (Buddhist monastery) in the region, then the large field with campsites and tea-houses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam.

We were supposed to stay in Tengboche, however, we were unable to get any accommodation there... so we hiked 200m further down to stay in Deboche... Everest Rhododendron Lodge & Restaurant (3,820m).

Evening temperature was minus 1 degree Celsius.


07.30am - Sherpa porridge at Comfort Inn for breakfast.

This is Prakash Kapri our guide.

Binod our 1st porter.

Prakash our 2nd porter.

And Rajendra our 3rd porter.

08.10am - Started our trek to Tengboche.

Walking up to the top of Namche Bazaar... but this time turning right instead of going further up.

Walking up to the top of Namche Bazaar.

The rice field of Namche Bazaar.



Every time we head a bend, there is either a flag or a stupa... like some sort of checkpoint.

Simon taking a shot of Ama Dablam.

Simon taking a shot of the stupa.

Walking along the mountain trial with gorgeous scenery around.

Horse for hire.

Walking along the mountain trial with gorgeous scenery around.

Simon Loh loved posing again.

Nuptse and Lhotse (snow-capped)... You can see Everest in between... just peaking out a little.






























Bulls crossing... beware! They may knock you off the mountain side.













The domestic yak is a long-haired domesticated bovid found throughout the Himalayan region of the Tibetan Plateau.











Requesting for donation after the earthquake in 2015.

Taking a short break after a tiring walk up the mountain.

Necklace for sale here... Who would buy these?

Yak cheese for sale... never tried it.

Another guesthouse with great view.

Nearly halfway to Tengboche... Just another downhill and uphill.




Rajendra our porter.


Welcome to the world's highest Bakery. But there's another bakery in Dingboche which is even higher!

Another great shot of Nuptse and Lhotse.

Probably another 3-4h to Tengboche.

Great view of Lhotse.

Look at Ama Dablam...!



Rajendra our porter taking a short break..

Time for the steep descent down this forested area to the Dudh Koshi river below.

Buffaloes crossing the 1st bridge while we pass by below... Hope they don't pee.

Crossing the 1st bridge.

We crossed this high bridge at the village of Phyungki Tenga, where we will stop for lunch.


The Dudh Koshi river.


11am - Lunch at River Side Restaurant - Phyungki Tenga, Khumjung-6.

11am - Lunch at River Side Restaurant - Phyungki Tenga, Khumjung-6.

Sitting under the shade was a bad idea... you get cold easily.



Ate the egg fried potatoes... not bad.


12 noon - We continued our trekking.

A very efficient water-driven prayer wheels.








A good view of the famous Ama Dablam mountain.

02.10pm - Crossing this gate to Tengboche Monastery. A covered gateway with brightly painted scenes of deities and the many forms of Buddha on the walls and arched ceiling. Monks built the portal to cleanse people of evil spirits before they enter the sacred grounds.


Tengboche Monastery (or Thyangboche Monastery), also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, in the Tengboche village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community. Situated at 3,867 metres, the monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

A heritage in its own right, Tengboche Monastery falls within the Sagarmatha National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—immersed in a Himalayan panorama and offers a magnificent views of nearby summits of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Not to mention this region is home to a wide range of Himalayan floras and faunas.

Tengboche also forms the end point of 'Sacred Sites Trail Project' a circular trek inside the park, passing clockwise through ten monasteries, caves, Hermitages and Nunneries, starting from Namche Bazaar and ending at Tengboche Monastery.

As a leading Buddhist centre of spirituality and pilgrims in the area, with international media coverage in recent years, and of course lying conveniently midway to Everest Base Camp trek, the monastery has carved a niche of its own. Combine that with the rich culture and unspoiled traditions of the indigenous mountain people, and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Himalayas of the Khumbu Nepal, Tengboche is surely a site that you can’t afford to miss if you are travelling anywhere near Everest.

In 1916, The Tengboche monastery was established in its current place by Lama Gulu who has strong bond with the Rongbuk monastery in Tibet. The monastery was destroyed by an earthquake in 1934 and was rebuilt later. It was destroyed again in 1989, by a fire Most of the monastery's precious old scriptures, statues, murals and woodcarvings were lost but then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance.

The monastery is a collection of stone buildings perched on a hill. A broad stone stairway leads to the main temple. Its whitewashed walls and red shutters contrast with a stark blue sky. Visitors are welcome in the monastery as long as you remove your shoes and do not disturb monks chanting from sacred texts with the occasional sound of a bell or small drum.





The 'A' team is still going strong - Alan Koh, Ong Teik Hong and Ching Neng Bin.

Panoramic view of Tengboche Monastery. The grounds are surrounded by a lush forest of scarlet rhododendron tree. From here, you can see Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse.

The view of the lodge in front of Tengboche Monastery.

Tengboche Monastery.

Tengboche Monastery.

02.30pm - In view that we were not able to secure our rooms in Tengboche, we continued our trekking to the next village at Deboche about 200m away.

The trail descends down from Tengboche, winding through the rhododendron forest to Deboche village.

We started to see icing on the trail.

The scenic pasture... you can see some buffaloes grazing there.

The scenic pasture... you can see some buffaloes grazing there.

The scenic pasture before reaching our lodge at Deboche.

We were supposed to stay in Tengboche, however, we were unable to get any accommodation there... so we hiked 200m further up to stay in Deboche... Everest Rhododendron Lodge & Restaurant (3,820m).

02.45pm - Arrived at Everest Rhododendron Lodge and Restaurant for the night.

The room is a little bit small here.

It always felt good to see the staff preparing the heater early.

When the heater is prepared... everyone automatically gathers around it for some warmth.

Hi-five-in the kid.

Dinner at our Deboche accommodation.


Ordered the tomato & egg rara noodle soup... It's like their local maggie mee... but the noodles are cooked too long... soft and soggy..

Long exposure of the night view outside our accommodation... The backdrop is the famous Ama Dablam mountain. Goodnight....
click below to view:
EBC trek Day 01 (28.10.17) – Kuala Lumpur KLIA to Kathmandu (1,334m/4,375ft)
EBC trek Day 02 (29.10.17) – Kathmandu fly to Lukla (2,865m) and trek 8km to Phakding
EBC trek Day 03 (30.10.17) – Phakding trek 10.4km to Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,299ft)
EBC trek Day 04 (31.10.17) - Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,299ft)
EBC trek Day 05 (01.11.17) - Namche Bazaar trek 10km to Deboche (3,867m/12,684ft)
 

EBC trek Day 06 (02.11.17) - Deboche trek 10km to Dingboche (4,412m/14,471ft)
EBC trek Day 07 (03.11.17) - Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4,412m/14,471ft)
EBC trek Day 08 (04.11.17) - Dingboche trek 12km to Lobuche (4,931m/16,174 ft)
EBC trek Day 09 (05.11.17) - Lobuche 8km to Gorakshep trek to EBC (5,364m/17,595ft)
EBC trek Day 10 (06.11.17) - Gorakshep to Kalapattha and fly back to Kathmandu
EBC trek Day 11 (07.11.17) - Kathmandu 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’
 

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