Wednesday 4th July
04/07/2012 - 04/07/2012
We sampled the local dish - Noodle Soup and met a German couple, Ines and Sven; and the Canadian/American girls, Britney, Richelle and Leryn. The next climb was relentless after the army check point. The boulders and zig zag path kept rising, the forests looked magical due to their age and as we got higher the trees had jungle like vines hanging from them. The sweet smell of the pine radiated the area but we had to keep an eye out for leeches - luckily we didn't encounter any but Tanka was ready with his salt and lighter.
The clouds were setting in and the air became extremely moist as we entered Tenboche. It looked like a ghost time draped in mist with all the houses shut up and a monastery in the distance. Luckily there was one little tea house open and we reunited with the guys we had met so far, there was 15 of us there in total. We had a vast selection of countries: Birmingham, Hong Kong, Japanese, Austrian, German, Canadian and USA. The owner lit the fire and we stripped our wet clothes and hung them around the living room. The monastery had a service so we went to watch the monks, there was only three young monks who weren't allowed to Namche for the celebrations as they had to stay and watch their monastery. They seemed a little shy to continue with their chant whilst we were there but eventually they started up. Tommy and Tanka studied the alter whilst I was captured by the artistic decoration on the walls. The panels had separate themes of Buddha and a peaceful landscape and on other panels Chinese dragon type creatures in fire and a more chaotic scene. The interior is so brightly decorated it really lightens the room.
We spent the night playing cards and sampling the local drink - Racksi, which wasn't very nice! We said our good nights and headed to our cabins.