Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek
Days 12 > Namche-Bazaar to Tengboche

After a steep climb from Namche-Inn, up a stone-paved path we reach Chorkhung (above) from where the main trail starts

Looking south towards Phakding valley, on the ridge above Namche

Chorten (of 50th Annivarsary of 1st Everest Climb) coming up!


A Plaque honouring Tenzing Norgay and Sherpas of Everest ... on chorten celebrating the "50th anniversary of Conquest of Everest (1953-2003) "

Phungi-Thanga (3520M) tea-house where we had tea after Dudh Kosi


The famous Tengboche Monastry .. the biggest one in region

Tengboche's main Chorten & the Monastry entrance



Trekkers Lodge, where I stayed


The view North is cloudy (1:40PM) ... so no view of Everest yet!

 But at 2:30PM, the clouds cleared out a bit

 Tengboche Monastry Entrance ... during a prayer session 

Day-12 6th Oct-07: Namche (3420M) to Tengboche (3870M): We started out from Namche-Inn GH at 7AM. A steep climb up a stony trail to Chorkung (7:30AM), where the trail to Tengboche starts. The trail skirts along the ridge with minor ups and downs and joins the trail from Kumjung near Sanasa.   

Above Pic: (See amazing details by clicking Image to enlarge), Taken from the Namche-Tenboche trail (much before reaching Sanasa), you can see Phortse on the plateau ahead (pic center) and then Tengboche is on top of hill-ridge (on right edge of pic). We have long way to go  still, climb all the way down to Phunki Thanga (on the river) cross a bridge and then climb all the way up to Tengboche.

Teashop in Kyangjuma ... had lemon tea with a couple of Chinese trekkers.

The 4-way Junction Sign ... Gokyo, Tengboche, Khamjung and Namche; from where we have come.

After Sanasa, we gradually descend and cross Dudh Kosi river on this nice & solid wooden bridge, before reaching Phungi Thanga


Just before reaching Tengboche, looking back towards Namche .. one can see the trail-path stretching all the way from Khumjung to here.

Tengboche - entrance archway and welcome signpost

The entrance gateway of the Tengboche Monastry (3870M)

We reached Tengboche top at 1:30PM after a rather steep & tiring 2.5 Hr climb up from Phungi-Thanga. We tried for room at Tashi Delek & few GHs near the Monastry.....  but all were full except the costliest rooms at NR 600. Just as we were thinking we may have to go on to Debuche, we managed a room in Trekkers Lodge, behind the Monastry. It was a bit congested with many bunk beds ... but quite OK and rooms at NR 200/- The Trekkers Lodge had an advantage: from its front door you can see Everest directly ( if the clouds suddenly clear up, as it did .... in pic below) :

From Trekkers Lodge front yard, I got my first live view of  Everest when the clouds (magically) cleared up a wee bit at 2:20PM

Next day morning view looking towards Everest range - past Tengboche's Chorten - Ama Dablam thumb on right.

Ama Dablam - thumb - from Tengboche