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Everest Tea House Trek Penny, Cynthia & Chris Sept/Oct 2006
From Lukla to Pangboche (with views of Everest) and back. Lukla
All treks and mountaineering expeditions in the Khumbu valley start with a flight into Lukla airport – a very short runway, on a slope, ending in a cliff! The alternative is a long bus ride followed by three days walking. Most of the aircraft were Dornier 228s – impressively short take off and landing runs, and they had to be! The view from the cockpit!
This one gives you an idea of the slope of the runway
Day 2 –Phakding to Monjo Not very far at all! The plan to day was to get as far as Namche Bazar – a climb of over 1000 m, but Chris was not well so had to stop at Monjo (the end of the flat bit) so I had a very lazy day!
There was a new hotel being built across the 'road' from ours – all the stones being shaped by hand, and they were hard, metamorphic rocks. Continual tinkling of hammer on chisel from 6 am until 6 pm. No unions involved there, and no safety goggles either.
Our first view of Everest (the peak on the left) and Lhotse (on the right) from a viewpoint just above Namche Bazar.
Namche Bazar Namche Bazar started as a trading village for Tibetans who came over the mountains to trade. It is still a market centre for nearby villages.
Day 4 – Namche Bazar to Deboche A nice level morning, then a descent and ascent to the monastery at Tengboche.
Day 4 - Namche Bazar to Deboche The route goes around the hillside, across the river in the deep valley below, then up to the Tengboche monastery (arrowed) before descending again to Deboche on the other side.
Day 5 The highest point of the trek, just over 4000 m.
Day 5 Deboche to Pangboche and back We were here to see the views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, but this view of Lhotse was the best we got because of the clouds.
Day 5 Deboche to Pangboche and back We had strict instructions to always stay on the uphill side of yaks or dzopkio, as there was a very real risk of being pushed over an edge by them. Note the droppings drying on the wall, to be used as fuel later.
Day 8 – last night - Lukla Left to right: Sanjic (trek leader), Mark (trekker, who wouldn't get out of the picture!), Dowa (sherpa), Bhim (sherpa), Kumar (sherpa), Dowa (sherpa), ? (dzopkio man), Saroj (porter).