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Tengboche

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Tengboche (3870m) is the name of a large monastery and the surrounding settlement. It is located in Khumbu.

Understand

  • Tengboche [1] is the largest Sherpa monastery in the Khumbu area and exerts the greatest influence.

Get in

on foot - a good 6 or 7 hour hike from Namche

Get around

on foot

See

  • The monastery - You may join the ceremonies, but filming or photographing is only permitted after receiving special permission to do so. Audience with the head rinpoche (abbot) can also be arranged, and these meetings are generally held in the morning. The ceremonies begin at 5AM - though check before attending as the times change according to the season
  • The Eco-center located outside the main monastery gate. The center offers a permanent exhibition of Sherpa culture, a gift shop, and a small cinema (a film on Sherpa culture and Tengboche Monastery is shown every half hour).
  • Tengboche might be the first place on your trek that you have a clear view of Mount Everest. Ask one of the locals to point it out to you. Spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kongde Ri.

Do

Every October or November, Tengboche holds the famous Mani Rimdu festival that consists of nineteen day's of meditation, ceremonies of "pujas" and culminates with a blessing ceremony and spectacular mask dances. The main events for outsiders are the last days which will be as follow scheduled for 2009:

  • 16 NOV: Wong (blessing ceremony for the general public)
  • 17 NOV: Mask Dances - open to the public from 10AM to 5PM. Traditional dancing by the Sherpa community continues throughout the night.
  • 18 NOV: Fire puja.

Please note that the festival dates might be changed by the monastery, by mid-year Tengboche monastery officially publishes the dates on their website.

Buy

There are no stores in the village, but the lodges keep a stock of necessities, such as camera film, batteries, throat lozengers, bandages etc - but remember that price rising with altitude, so expect to pay more than in Namche.

Eat

There is a bakery outside the monastery gate that serves pizza and coffee - it claims to be the highest bakery in the world, and at nearly 4,000m it is easy to believe.

Drink

Sleep

There are four lodges in the field in front of the monastery. The quality and price is about the same.

Get out


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