Mount Everest (very popularly known to the Nepalis as Sagarmatha) fascinates the world by being the top of the world. Everest Tengboche Monastery Trek unfolds all the spectacular, stunning Himalayan peaks including Everest from the low elevation in the shortest time period. Situated at 3867m / 12,687 feet, Tengboche Monastery is not a very old monastery in the region but it is certainly a very active monastery. Every year thousands of trekkers and climbers pay their homage to the monastery, lit butter lamps, and take blessing from the highest lama (Buddhist Monk). The culture of taking blessing before climbing any peaks in the region has been going on since 1951 when Eric Shipton and his team visited the region. It is believed that even the time when Rob Hall and Scott Fischer met with the tragedy in 1996 they were warned in some way or other by the lama from the monastery regarding some uncertainty.
Every year Tengboche celebrates the 3 days, a very prominent cultural festival called Mani Rimdu Festival. Mani Rimdu is observed from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar which falls between October and November. This festival is basically celebrated to honor Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as Guru Rinpoche on his victory over the evil. It also symbolizes the gratification and well-wishing good health, prosperity, and security from the evil spirits and bad luck. This festival is intensely celebrated with thousands of local and foreigners coming over to witness it that is very lively with the monk mask dance and a lot of activities.
However, Everest Tengboche Monastery Trek is also known as the Instant Everest Trek as it delivers a spectacular view of the world's highest mountain, Everest within a short period of time. This very short Everest trek takes you to the most beautiful traditional Sherpa villages through the valley of eternal beauty giving you the most miraculous view. Tengboche Monastery Trek is basically designed for those who have a very limited time frame yet fancy to visit the land of Sherpa and see the world's highest mountain.
Everest Tengboche Monastery trek profile:
We fly to Lukla (2860m) which is one of the most thrilling experiences with spectacular mountain views. Landing at the inclined Lukla airstrip is certainly an experience of a lifetime. Following the legendary Everest Base Camp Trekking trail, we walk and effortless trail into the valley of Dudh Koshi (river) and through countless sherpa villages that eventually takes us to the town of Phakding for an overnight stay. From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Koshi valley through the magnificent forest trial of Pine, Rhododendron, Magnolia, and giant firs. The view of Thamserku (6608m), Kusum-Khangkaru (6367m) unfolds before us like a magic as we walk up to the Namche hill. Today we cross the 5 suspension bridges including the last one being the highest in the region. This high bridge was a highlight in the movie "The Everest". Gradually we ascend the Namche hill and get to the Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar (3440meters), the administrative center, and the unofficial capital of the Khumbu Region. A pleasant walk through the lovely forest and traditional Sherpa villages take us to the world-renowned and sacred monastery of Thyangboche (3867m). Getting up to Tengboche is very rewarding that offers and incredible views of Everest soaring behind Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Kangtega, and Tawache. Depending on the monastery time schedule we will visit the monastery - you might be lucky to witness the ritual. Take the most of this opportunity by lighting a butter lamp and taking the blessing from the highest lama.
The next morning we retrace our trail back to Lukla and finally fly back to Kathmandu.
Experience the Sherpa culture and their tradition with the back drop of Mt. Everest.