Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Snowy Day in the Khumbu

Posted by: | March 28, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,325'

A thick bank of clouds rolled into Namche last night as we left dinner, the fog giving the Himalayan village the look of a Maine fishing village. The cloud bank failed to lift overnight and by morning a light layer of snow lay across the stone streets and blue roofs of Namche with more snow lightly falling out of the mist. The usually vibrant town lay muted beneath the snow as we climbed out of the amphitheater and the world was quiet around us as we walked along the trail out of Namche. Snow continued to fall lightly during the hike and we hardly encountered others along the way, only a handful of porters and trekkers and a few dozen yaks.

For a couple of hours we made a long traverse along the valley’s side, the valley floor slowly rising to meet us at the village of Phunki Thanga. There we crossed a brand new suspension bridge built only last year to replace the rickety wooden construction used previously, before beginning the long climb out of the valley floor to the ridge top monastery at Tengboche. Although the clouds never offered to lift, the snow let up for a bit midday before returning half way up the hill to Tengboche. By the time we reached the Monastery several inches of fresh snow covered the ground, capping the white chortens and gilded crests of the large building. We retreated to a nearby bakery where we brushed the snow off of our shoulders and sipped cups of hot tea, gradually rewarming ourselves.

Continuing on from Tengboche, we descended the other side of the ridge for a few minutes to reach our teahouse in Deboche, sitting among the rhododendron trees covered in Spanish moss and new snow. We spent the remainder of the afternoon watching the snow fall and the clouds play among the trees and nearby valley walls. Despite the snow it was a wonderful day on the trail as everything was eerily quiet and calm with few passerbys and the trail largely our own. The team is doing well and sends their best to everyone at home. We have enjoyed everyones comments and well wishes.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

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Thank you for the beautiful descriptions and for transporting us from our mid-winter storms to your snow covered valleys. We are savoring following your journey! MM

Posted by: Mirte Mallory on 3/30/2011 at 5:34 am

Hi Mark and Karen, H. and a friend and I are just back from a day in Yosemite—not quite Nepal, but quite snowy and sunny—beautiful.Love, MA

Posted by: Mary Ann & Howard Latimer on 3/28/2011 at 6:34 pm

Saw a picture of your group but was difficult to pick both of you out. I bet the snow made everything special. I saw pictures of the monestary and it must have been beautiful to come upon. Drinking lots of tea with you both. Am so proud of your both. What a trip. Love MOm

Posted by: Cornelia Miller on 3/28/2011 at 4:36 pm

i don’t know if you’re with Sara and Mr. McGahan yet, but if you are tell them hello! Can Sara post on the blog or maybe upload some pictures? just a thought. I think about what you’re all doing everyday as i sit in a classroom bored to tears and think about how incredible the experience would be. miss you sabes.

Posted by: Tabes on 3/28/2011 at 3:41 pm

oh, mark, i am thinking of you and what it looks like where you are. love you lots,,
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Posted by: carla henrie on 3/28/2011 at 11:01 am

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