Tengboche (3870m) is the name of a large monastery and the surrounding settlement. It is located in Khumbu.
on foot - a good 6 or 7 hour hike from Namche
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:
Please note that the festival dates might be changed by the monastery, by mid-year Tengboche monastery officially publishes the dates on their website.
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.
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.
There are four lodges in the field in front of the monastery. The quality and price is about the same.