EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK DIARY DAY 13
PERICHE TO TASHINGA
Starting Point: Periche (4,371m/14,340ft)
Finishing Point: Tashinga (3,550m/11,614ft)
Trekking Time: 4 Hours
Accommodation: Everest View Lodge
We left Periche and hopped onto the main Everest Base Camp trail. As we moved further away from the Khumbu Valley, we traversed along the ridge around Ama Dablam and passed the Imja Valley. The path crosses the Lobuche River, which is formed by the melting Khumbu Glacier and eventually flows into the Imja and Dudh Kosi Rivers.
After crossing over the Imja Khola the trail was relatively flat until our final twenty-minute push to the spiritual center of the Khumbu – Tengboche (3,860m). In addition to having a few tea houses and a popular German bakery that is written about in every trekking guide, Tengboche is home to one of the largest and most famous Monasteries in Nepal. We decided to stop here for a coffee break and have a slice of good old apple pie (yes – at the tourist trap bakery).
As we were enjoying our snacks, we noticed a commotion beginning to unfold. A helicopter came whirring through the village and landed directly in front of the Tengboche Monastery. The chopper door opened, a rolling-suit case carrying monk hopped out. As he made his way into the monastery, a line of monks came running out to greet him and all should respect by touching his feet. In a flash, he was whisked away in to the monastery and the chopper took off again. It was all very James Bondesque. While I can’t be 100% certain, our guide Prem felt strongly that the visitor was the official lama of the monastery.
After our short visit to the monastery we continued day thirteen’s journey from Periche to Tashinga. The trail descended steeply to the town of Phunku Tenga (3,250m).
The team at the luxury Everest View Lodge welcomed us with a cup of tea and showed us to our lush rooms. Warm beds, plenty of blankets, access to electric sockets, a bathroom with plumbing and – drum roll please – hot showers. It had been 9 days since our last luxury tea house and proper shower (unless of course, you count the hot water thermos that was used to shower in the village of Thangna). Needless to say, we both desperately needed those showers.
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