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15 August, 2014

EBC Trek Day 6: Tengboche to Pangboche

Everest Base Camp trek Day 6
The trek from Tengboche to Pangboche was one of my favorite parts of the Everest Base Camp Trek. All considering, it was quite a lazy day as the hiking distance as well as the altitude difference for the day were quite small. The first part of the trail ran through a beautiful rhododendron forest ... 



MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
20th of April 2014 - Day 6
Tengboche
3850m (12700ft) - Pangboche 3930m (12900ft)
about 3 hours hike 



View on Everest and other mountain tops from Tengboche
View on Everest and other mountain tops from Tengboche
I slept surprisingly well and only woke up once during the night as I had to go to the toilet. That was quite and adventure; it took a while before I found my headlamp in the dark, I hit the floor squeezing myself out of my sleeping bag, probably woke up everybody trying to find my shoes, ran to the shared toilet at the end of the corridor, tried not to breath while in the toilet, ran back to the room and tried to get back in my sleeping bag before I froze to death ... yep it's all part of the experience :)

After a wash with wet baby wipes and a hearty breakfast, we were ready to go. It was again a very beautiful day ... blue sky, sun ... I had difficulty leaving cause the view on the world's highest mountain tops from Tengboche is just incredible. I was so excited to be there and to see all this stunning beauty with my own eyes. The hike started with a lovely trail through a rhododendron forest. 



Broken Suspension Bridge Everest Base Camp Trek
Broken Suspension Bridge
Of course, we started to descend again soon. After all we are in the Himalayas. When we reached the riverbed we noticed that the suspension bridge fell down. Janzing told us that this happened during monsoon period and luckily nobody was on the bridge. Another suspension bridge was already built a bit further; once we crossed the bridge we started ascending. At a crossroad we took the trail going up to Pangboche Gompa instead of the one going directly to Pangboche village. 



Pangboche Monastery
Pangboche Gompa
We visited Pangboche Gompa - a Buddhist monastery - surrounded by sacred old grove of juniper trees and carved Mani stones. This 16th century Gompa was established by Lama Sangwa Dorje, the 6th re-incarnation of the Chagna Dorjee. Pangboche Gompa has a stupa with some of his relics. In the past there was a Yeti skull in this Gompa that people would pay for to see, this was the most significant source of income. Unfortunately this Yeti skull was stolen and now Pangboche Gompa is supported only by donations from local people and visitors.  



Pangboche EBC Trek
Pangboche
After our visit we descended steeply to Pangboche, the last permanent settlement on the route to Everest Base Camp. We stayed in the Everest Summit Lodge, which is a luxury lodge offering rooms with private bathroom, hot water ... this time no electric blankets but cozy warm water bottles. So far we only had to stay once in a normal lodge without private bathroom (in Tengboche on day 5). This will of course change soon as high up in the mountains there's no luxury accommodation anymore. 


We relaxed in the lodge for the rest of the day, read a book, drank lots of tea and had a great lunch and dinner.



  <= Read EBC Day 5                                                 Read EBC Day 7 =>



Freya - Holiday Nomad, a Travel and Photo Blog



38 comments:

  1. You guys sure get out and see what the World has to offer. Great thing to do while you are young and fit. Thanks for taking pics and telling us what it is like.

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    1. Hi Tom & Kathy thanks for stopping by, we are not that young ;)

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  2. Beijing in the Himalayas is my dream to come true in the next 3 years! What a great experience you had. How long does it take to get ready for such a challenge? I workout regularly so I physically I'm ready for it right now!

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    1. Hi Agness, difficult to say. When you hike regularly (preferably mountains) and do every now and then a multi-day hike it should be no issue

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  3. This seemed like a relaxed day. Looking forward to the next.

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  4. Yikes on the suspension bridge! LOL to your getting up and running for the restroom, Freya! That would sooooo be ME!!! Gosh I look forward to each new segment you put up with so much excitement, our friend! :)

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    1. Thanks Mike always looking forward to your comments :)

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  5. Hello Freya
    Thanks for the twitter follow, I thought I would pop over for a look at your Blog. My Mum would love this trip (she is off to Himalayas in October) - you are very adventurous! I look forward to reading more of your trips. Cheers Monique

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Monique. I'm sure your Mum will love it, the Himalayas are so beautiful

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  6. Wow Freya! To have been at the last permanent settlement on the route to Everest Base Camp must have been exhilarating. Love this series and hope you'll construct a guide book of sorts.

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    1. Thanks Maria, if only I had the time ;)

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  7. Freya,
    You are one brave lady! I am not sure even when I was younger that I would have been able to do this! #Awesome!
    Mike

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  8. The views are stunning! And you were so lucky with the weather, weren't you?

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    1. Hi Agata, yes we were very lucky. We had the entire trek beautiful weather

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  9. What a beautiful and challenging trek. Do the duvets in the last picture belong to the people in Pangboche, to the tourists or to the passing cows?

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    1. That are the duvets from the guesthouses being cleaned before the next tourist arrives :)

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  10. That sounds like a pleasant Mount Everest hiking day - only 3 hours of hiking, then time to read or nap :-). What an amazing adventure you're having! (Sorry there's no more luxury ahead of you...)

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    1. Hi Janice yes this was a very relaxing day :)

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  11. I'm sure you were so happy to make it to the Everest Summit Lodge for a bit of luxury before having to head out and rough it again.

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    1. I sure was and didn't know yet at that stage what the next days would bring

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  12. The view from Tengboche looks amazing! This is such an incredible adventure - I'm glad you did it so that I can enjoy it vicariously!!

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  13. Such an incredible adventure ... the views from the camp are stunning!

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  14. I love all the colors in that Pangboche Gompa photo. I can see why you'd want to just enjoy those stunning views. Wow! It's nice to know that even going to the bathroom can be quite an adventure too :)

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    1. haha Mary yes indeed it was quite an adventure :)

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  15. Freya, Everytime I read one of these posts and see your gorgeous photos, it tempts me...but then I think of altitude sickness and it scares me. I would have to do it over a month, not a week!

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    1. Hi Corinne, it took us 2 weeks. When you go slow and take time to acclimatize the chances of getting altitude sickness decrease.

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  16. Nice presentation. Thanks. Hope to see Nepal and EBC some day.

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    1. Thanks, it's absolutely stunning. I hope you make it there on day

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  17. Wow, that first photo is just absolutely stunning. Those gorgeous views would definitely help me to push on.

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    1. The views are so amazing Jennifer, indeed worth to push on for

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  18. The building in the first picture is stunning...what an adventure! Hope y'all had a blast :)

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    1. It was an amazing experience Molly, thx

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