EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK DIARY DAY 14
TASHINGA TO MONJO
Starting Point: Tashinga (3,540m/11,614ft)
Finishing Point: Monjo (2,840m/9,318ft)
Trekking Time: 3.5 Hours
Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is an experience I will never forget. While it had its challenges, I seem to always remember smiling from ear to ear – except, of course, as the end of our trek neared. While day fourteen of our trek from Tashinga to Monjo technically wasn’t the end of our adventure, it WAS the second to last day our hike, which meant our time in the Himalayas was sadly coming to a close.
Our goal of the day was to take the trail to where it meets the main Everest Base Camp route, follow it through the bustling mountain town of Namche Bazaar and then retrace our footsteps along the paths to the village of Monjo.
The Tashinga to Monjo stretch isn’t too extreme. It does twist and turn and throw some challenging ascents and descents your way, but for the most part it is pretty straightforward. We made our descent to the town of Kenjoma and followed the trail back to the upper side of Namche.
If you have been following the DomOnTheGo Everest Journey from the start, then you may recall that we created an itinerary that combined the main Everest Base Camp Trail and the Three Pass Trail. These are two of the top Everest treks in the region, which, when combined, offer trekkers a more challenging route and minimal backtracking on the same trails.
The stretch between Tashinga and Namche were new to us, which made trekking through this section still exciting for us. Imagine having the high of being at Everest Base Camp and then dragging your feet for the next four to five days because you have seen everything that you are passing on your way back down. If you have the time and are up for a challenge, customize your route and see more of the region.
The further we moved away from the peaks and into the trails below the tree line, the more the broader mountain panoramas revealed themselves. Each time we would turn around, we got to admire views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Nuptse (7,861m), Thamserku (6,623m) and Lhotse (8,516m).
Enroute to Namche we passed the Rolex-sponsored memorial stupa built to honor the 50th anniversary of the first Everest summit. It specifically pays homage to Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest. We had the opportunity to meet so many accomplished Sherpas on our adventure – it’s nice to see a focus on honoring them and acknowledging their importance to Everest expeditions.
After an hour and a half we made it back to the town of Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Our flight delay into Lukla on day one of our trek meant that we needed to get creative with our itinerary to keep it on track. Having shaved off a day in Namche on our ascent, it was nice being back and being able to spend some time there.
After picking up a packed lunch, we left Namche and made our way in the direction of Monjo. Be sure to have your trekking permit handy – as soon as you leave you will pass through the Namche Checkpoint. Your pass proves that you paid the park fees and that you made it back safe and sound.
The paths continued to be unforgiving. While there were some flat stretches, we knew that every steep trail we happily took down; we knew we would need to take a steep one up. The final upward push of the day was the long flight of stairs and massive Mani wall just before the Sagamartha National Park entrance in the town of Monjo (2,840m).
Lucky for us, Monjo was our resting spot for the evening. We checked into what was the newest and most comfortable of the Yet Mountain Home Lodges. The lovely staff greeted us with hot towels, gave us time to trade our hiking boots for Crocs and showed us to our room.
We enjoyed our stays at the other Yeti Mountain Homes along our trek, but this one took the cake. In addition to the awesome meals, comfy bed and bathroom equipped with hot showers, we had massive windows that allowed us to admire the views as we rested in our room. Don’t get me wrong – I love the rustic aspect of a lot of the teas houses we have stayed in along the EBC trek, but sometimes you just want a hot shower, a cold Everest beer and a bed that is guaranteed to keep you warm in the Himalayas.
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