It had started drizzling towards the end ... but we just had to stop at this beautiful Tengboche Monastery; our final picture-stop before heading to our last stop for the day - Debuche. This is the place we had the best tea-lodge of all as well.Day 5 : DEBOCHE (3734m) via TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (4,400m/14,435ft ). Today was mostly about soaking in the beauty of the mountains, the plains, the fields ... the precisely rated astoundingly breathtaking views of the hike.
Along this journey, we are greeted by the magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. After trekking through a high crossing path we will have an enchanting view of Everest and then a 2-hours walk will take us towards the Tangboche Monastery. The beautiful monastery is in the height of 3867m and is surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons.Best seasons: September, October, November, March, April, MayDay 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation - 1,300m/4,264 ftDay 02: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 - 4 hrsDay 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5 - 6 hrsDay 04: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: 3,440m/11,284ftDay 05: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 - 6 hrs walkDay 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 - 6 hrsDay 07: Dingboche - Duglha (4,600 m/15,090 ft): 3 - 4 hrsDay 08: Duglha - Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 - 4 hrs trekDay 09: Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft]-Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft]-Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hrsDay 10: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 - 9 hrsDay 11: Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 - 6 hrsDay 12: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 - 8 hrsDay 13: Lukla - KathmanduDay 14: Farewell Friend
With our body slowly getting used to higher altitude the following day we set out to the serene settlement of Thengboche . Cloudy evening masked the panoramic view of mountains that surround the largest Bhuddhist monastery in Kumbhu at 12,700 ft. As night fell we retired to our room in the tea house with hot water bottles to keep us warm inside the sleeping bag. One can only marvel at the beauty of snow clad mountains in the moonlight as millions of stars lit up the night sky that had completely cleared up by then.
On Day 4 the trek really starts to get challenging. The first 2 ½ hours is pretty flat, winding around mountains with a big descent down to the river. You’ll lose quite a bit of altitude in this part and spend the next 3 hours making up for it. This was probably the toughest part of the trek but the view that awaits you at the top at Tengbouche is unbelievable.
The path from Namche to Tengboche (our destination for day 4) descends through a forest of rhododendrons and birch trees and levels off with the Dudh Kosi river at Phunki Tenga. The steep ascent to Tengboche begins immediately after crossing the Dudh Kosi. Probably one of the toughest climb on the trail so far. There are trekking spots near Tengboche that give you a great view of the first sunlight falling on Mt. Everest