Everest Base Camp Trek by Shaun O'Boyle
Journal April 13, Thyangboche Monastery, 12,688 ft. Incredible views of Ama Dablam and Nuptse, Everest is now burried in clouds, earlier I could see it with the snow plume coming off the summit. Thyengboche is just a georgeous place situated on a saddle betwen two valleys, there are fantastic views in all directions. Namche was a real turrning point in the trek, the landscape has since become much more rugged, much steeper climbs, the climb up here from the Dudh Khosi was steep but very nice walk through a forest, excellent views up high and steep deep canyons below.
Thyangboche Monastery. The center of religion in the Khumbu area and one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The mountain views from here are just breath taking. I spent a couple day here doing short day hikes, and getting acclimated for the final push toward Everest basecamp.
Sir Edmund Hillary was there and I spent a day helping him and a group of New Zealand volunteers build a school house at the monastery. I carried rocks all day. I stayed at the monastery for a night in one of the lodges the monks run. From my bed I could look out the window at Mt. Everest. Incredible!
Journal: I met Sir Edmund Hillary this afternoon, shook his hand (sort of), he is here at Thyengboche building a school for the young monks so I volunteered my labor for the afternoon hauling rocks from the front of the monastery through the courtyard and dumping them for fill under what will be the floor of the school. Hillary was very friendly and jovial, a bit pudgy and he has bad teeth. My bed is right next to the window and I can glance out right now and look at the summit of Everest peering over the Nuptse Lhotse wall, the summit of which he was the first to climb. Hillary is now ambassador to India from New Zealand. A very froindly group of New Zealanders are with him volunteering their labor and i worked along side them today. Many local shepras are employed as stone cutters, stone layers and stone carriers, as many as 30 hammers were tinking away squaring off the stones for the foundation wall. Hillary is seen supervising the activities like a boss, he thanked me for my efforts and volunteering my time as he shook my index finger, as I was carrying a bucket full of stone. The lodge is packed tonight with trekking groups, one particular obnoxious group singing and getting drunk oblivious of everyone else in the place. The mountains are just spectacular out my window, Ama Dablam glows gold in the setting sun, Everest with the ever present plume of snow blasting from the summit.
Mani wall and stones.
 Looking up valley from Dingboche.
Up valley from Pheriche toward the end of the Khumbu Glacier. A spectacular sunset from here with the sun setting at the head of the valley.
Hotel Snowdown in Pheriche where I stayed.

View up valley from Pheriche at dusk.
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