Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Visit Lama Geshe for Their Blessing

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Day five in the Khumbu brings us more wonderful experiences and new heights. We left camp in Deboche and headed further uphill. Our first stop was in Pangboche to visit Lama Geshe, who is the highest ranking Buddhist in the valley. He is a high ranking Lama who is close friends with the Dalai Lama himself. All the Sherpas and smart climbers visit Lama Geshe before attempting any climbing here in the Khumbu. And because some of us will be climbing Island Peak and the rest of us would never turn down a blessing, we stopped by. Lama Geshe is from Tibet and speaks only Tibetan, he chanted and asked the mountains to give us safe passage and then gave us a Kata and tied a small string around our necks called a Sunde.

We stopped off to have lunch and then finished up our hike just as the clouds decided to sprinkle us with a little snow. We are currently resting in Pheriche which sits around 14,000’. Everyone is doing mostly well (a few folks are on the Khumbu weight loss diet, aka stomach issues!) but not to fear everyone is feeling better by the hour.

Looking forward to resting.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Pheriche Teahouse. Photo: Casey Grom

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SO wonderful to be able to read about your days - and more importantly, see that you are all happy and well. Thank you for the beautiful photos. I have enjoyed them (and they put my mind at ease :) ) All is well here - have a wonderful adventure and continue ...for with every step that you take, you inspire all who know you.
xo Bridget

Posted by: Bridget Hodgson on 3/28/2013 at 4:35 pm

Ahhh…I remember the scent of freshly laundered clothes….hung out to dry over the Yak dung piles!  Hope you get to enjoy the sunroom and take a look at the Pheriche clinic on your “rest” day (and hopefully not for the “Khumbu Flu”! ;)
Glad you all received your Lama Geshe blessings- It’s great to see the pics…and hope you get to have just one more shower stop in Lobuche!
We are thinking of you-Keep on climbing!!! xo

Posted by: Dana Marie Buchanan on 3/28/2013 at 3:57 pm

Richmond ladies you are looking good with the Lama. Loved seeing the inside of that tea house again. Hope all stomach issues resolve soon and know we are thinking of you back home. Isn’t this the last shower stop?

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 3/28/2013 at 3:34 pm

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