Everest Base Camp Trek: Enjoying a Rest Day

Posted by: Linden Mallory | March 20, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,325'

We’ve enjoyed a very leisurely day here in Deboche, taking full advantage of our rest and acclimatization day. The morning broke clear and calm. From the windows of the tea-house we could see the summit of Everest and the surrounding peaks and we gazed out at the panorama of mountains over a breakfast of apple pancakes. After breakfast we grabbed a water bottle and few warm layers and walked through the rhododendrons of Deboche to the Buddhist Nunnery tucked inconspicuously off the trail on the other side of the village. We spent some time exploring their Gompa, with it’s large prayer wheel and room for meditation and prayer all housed in a small compound.

We then climbed the hill back up the ridge top village of Tengboche, which we passed through yesterday, and continued further up it’s ridge to a view point. Following a small path that see little travel, we passed dozens of long strings of prayer flags strung along the ridge, the five colors of the flags fluttering in the wind blowing up the valley, until we reached a small chorten. Below us the Tengboche Monastery stood on the ridge, surrounded by the skyline of sharp mountains stretching off in every direction. We relaxed up there, enjoying the views and the warm late morning sun while also taking advantage of the higher altitude to give our bodies some exposure to the new elevations before dropping down again.

Upon returning to Tengboche, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the cafe and bakery in the village, resting and reading while we passed the time. While there a trekker from Germany came in with a large gash on his head - while he was climbing the hill to Tengboche a passing yak herder threw a stone at one of his yaks to urge it on, however his aim was off and the rock hit the man squarely in the back of the head. Luckily for him, the doctor in our group sprang into action, quickly fixing him up and sending him on his way - relief and gratitude written clearly across his face.

The clouds settled in by later afternoon, covering the village in a thick fog that was punctuated only by the sound of the horns blowing from the Monastery announcing the afternoon prayers. We followed the monks into the large and ornately decorated prayer room at the center of the Monastery, framed around a statue of a sitting Buddha two stories tall. The monks settled into their blankets and poured steaming cups of tea while we found a seat along the edge of the room. Then a deep hum filled the chamber as they began to chant their prayers, each one accentuating a different syllable but beginning and ending each mantra in perfect unison. 

Leaving the monastery we descended the fifteen minutes back to our tea-house and settled in around the fire while the clouds blew through the trees outside. It was a restful and enjoyable day, the ideal break from the hiking we’ve been doing before we head further up the valley to the village of Pheriche at 14,000’ tomorrow. We have appreciated all of the comments and send our best to everyone at home.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

The team hiking up the ridge with the Tengboche Monastery below.  Photo: Linden Mallory A monk in prayer at the Monastery.  Photo: Linden Mallory

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Congrats!  Sounds like everyone is doing very well.  Amazing pictures and impressed w/ the ability to communicate so effectively. 
All well here.  I won’t tell you how warm it is, but Spring is in full bloom.  Should be a beautiful Easter and everyone will be here—including Cookie.

Posted by: john on 3/21/2012 at 5:38 am

Getting great reports.  Amazing how well the communications seem to flow.  Congrats to all and good luck on next phase. 
All is well here.  I won’t tell you how warm it is, but Spring is in full bloom.  Should be a pretty Easter w/ everyone home.

Posted by: john on 3/21/2012 at 5:21 am

Christian says “Good luck and remember that the world is flat.” Thurston McCain says “Good luck and say hello to the Yeti for me.” Moose says ” Good luck and Woof Woof!” They all say “stay safe on the mountain and we love you!!!!”

Posted by: Christian and Thurston on 3/20/2012 at 5:22 pm

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