Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trek to Mt. Everest--Highlights

Mt. Everest from Kalapattar

Hi Friends,
I just finished the 26 day trek over the Three Passes near Mt. Everest. I was accompanied by Attila Joo from Germany. It was a strenuous trek and we got snowed on a few times, but still it was enjoyable and challenging.  After the trek I went to the Lawudo Monastery/retreat center high on a mountain near Namche Bazzar for a 10 day personal retreat.
 Here are some photo highlights of the trek.

At the stupa in Bodhnath with Atila and Samrat before flying to Phaplu

Black lines show trekking route to the Everest (Khumbu) region starting from Phaplu airport (circle at bottom)

Attila preparing to board the small aircraft which takes us to Phaplu airstrip

The plane after ours' landing on the gravel airstrip at Phaplu

Ready to hit the trekking trail 

One of many suspension bridges to cross

Spinning the Mani (Om Mani Padme Hum) wheel found at the entrance to many villages

The big Sherpa village of Namche Bazzar--Gateway to Mount Everest

Standing at the Sargarmartha National Park Headquarters with the tip of Mt. Everest showing

Mt. Everest

The Tengboche Monastery at sunrise; Mt.  Amadabalam is at the right

Taking a break at a lodge in Pangboche with our guide, Mingma

 Island Peak from the hill above Dingboche

Yaks carrying essential  goods to Everest Base Camp

Sitting beneath Amadablam


Climbing towards KhongmaLa

Campsite at Khongma high camp

Sunrise on Amadablam from Khongma high camp

Sunrise on Makalu

View of Makalu and Island Peak from summit of Khongmala

Pumori and Kalapattar across the Khumbu Glacier

Sunrise between Everest and Nuptse on the climp up Kalapattar

View of Everest from Kalapattar (17,500ft.)

Swollen face is effect of High altitude

Other view from Kalapattar with Amadabalam and Khumbu glacier

Contemplating a dead yak on the trail to EBC


Expedition tents at Everest base camp

Crossing the glacier at the Cho La

The Gokyo resort; the trail up Gokyo Ri is visible behind the lake at left

 At top of Gokyo Ri (17,000ft.) with Everest, Lotse and Makalu

Climbing up Knobby View above the fifth lake 


Views from Knobby View

Top of Everest obscured by clouds (in center)

View of the great Ngozumpa glacier from Knobbby View
A reporter from the Kathmandu Post interviewed me about why I come to Nepal. She titled her article, Monasticism in the Mountains. If you care to read it you can click here: http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2012/05/04/features/conversations--monasticism-in-the-mountains/234513.html


  1. Bhante Rahula :

    Do you have emel?
    so that i can emel pictures took in the Jitra Buddhist Association .

    thank you

    1. Hi Celina,
      Sorry for very long delay in reply.
      my e-mail is: <bhanterahula2@gmail.com
      Refresh my menory, where is the Jitra Buddhist Association?

  2. Awesome, how long did it take you to hike up to Knobby View from Gokyo?



    1. Hi Matt, sorry for the long delay in replying.
      I walked from Gokyo to 5th lake in one day and camped near the lake to be in good position to start early and reach the top before weather goes south. The trail up Knobby view starts near the edge of the lake on back side. You can see the steep trail go up; it takes 1-1.5 hours.