April 1, 2008

Lamas enjoying the sun at Tengboche Gompa, Nepal

Location: Tengboche Gompa, Khumbu, Nepal (86° 45' 39.32" E. 27° 50' 12.2" N)
11 May 2000; 7.45am
Camera: Canon
EOS 500N(analogue) on slides and scanned

The Khumbu region is the home of the sherpa, who are of Tibetan ethnicity. Tengboche gompa is an important gompa/monastery to the sherpas and is the largest in the Khumbu region. It commands a panoramic view of the well-known peaks in the Himalaya such as Everest, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. The monks/lamas are also similar to those of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Everest trek is one of the most picturesque mountain scenery treks I have done. Apart from the scenery, there are also nice quaint villages to spend some days to chill out. However it can be challenging if one is not acclimatize sufficiently. Another reason that I enjoyed this trek was that I could do the whole trek (including Gokyo) without having to engage a guide or porter as this is a tea-house trek (one can stay and eat at the various tea-houses in the villages along the trek).

No comments: