Thyangboche

Thyangboche
From Thyangboche, beautiful views of the Himalayan mountain range can be had, including the peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Tawache. John Hunt, the leader of the 1953 Everest expedition, describes Thyangboche in his book The Ascent of Everest:

“Thyangboche must be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The height is well over 12,000 feet. The Monastery buildings stand upon a knoll at the end of a big spur, which is flung out across the direct axis of the Imja river. Surrounded by satellite dwellings, all quaintly constructed and oddly mediaeval in appearance, it provides a grandstand beyond comparison for the finest mountain scenery that I have ever seen, whether in the Himalaya or elsewhere.”

The area was home of Tenzing Norgay, with Edmund Hillary the first person to reach the top of Mount Everest.  The mountain ranges shelter Thyangboche from extreme weather, and so the monsoon rains are reduced here. In winter, temperatures still plummet below freezing.

Most trekkers and expeditions to Everest pass through Thyangboche, and many use it as an acclimatization stop. Thyangboche only has few inhabitants, but plenty of lodges to accommodate tens of thousands of trekkers that visit in the 5 month long tourists season every year.

In October, an important and popular festival takes place in Thyangboche: Mani Rimdu. It is world famous for masked dances and Buddhist plays. For the nine days of the festival ceremonies and meditation are conducted, ending in the grand finale of the dances and a blessing to the general public by the Rinpoche.

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