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I woke up bright and early in the hopes that the heavy, low cloud that had followed us for the last few days had finally cleared and we would see some of the big peaks. I braved the chill air to peek hopefully out of our frosty window, but sadly the visibility was still very low with the cloud as thick as ever. Snuggling back into the warmth of my sleeping bag to read until it was time for breakfast, I resigned myself to waiting a little bit longer to finally see Everest.
We headed down to the dining room of the Himalayan Hotel for breakfast at 7am, where I tried a Sherpa pancake – a pancake with potato. It was delicious, so I was pretty happy with my choice. We started to get all of our daypacks organised and water bladders filled, and I happened to glance out of the side window. My heart jumped – I was ecstatic to see that the clouds had parted slightly and there was a snow-capped mountain visible!
I called Ash to come over and see, while scrambling for my camera to run outside and capture the moment. All of a sudden Deepak was calling out from the other side of the dining room and beckoning me over saying “Erin, come and see, it’s Everest!” I rushed over in joy to stare out of the window, before running outside like a madwoman, terrified that it would cloud over again before I could photograph the amazing panorama opening up above Tengboche.
Although Everest looked only tiny from here, it was no less stunning. Lhotse (8516m), the fourth highest mountain in the world dominated the mountain range, as well as Thamserku that we had first seen on our second day of trekking. We even had what Deepak called “the most beautiful mountain”, Ama Dablam (6812m), peek its head out from behind the clouds. The view was so majestic and amazing, words cannot describe it.
The small village of Tengboche lay in the valley green and verdant, dotted with yaks laying lazily in the sunshine. Above the richly decorated monastery, snowy peaks rose high into the sky, jagged and imposing against the deep blue. Everywhere that I looked was another amazing view to take in, it was truly one of the most spectacular things I had seen in my life.
After taking about a million photos and staring in awe at the scenery for ages, we reluctantly went back inside to grab our day packs and start the 5-6 hour walk to Dingboche. It had been an amazing start to the day, and I felt so elated that I’d finally seen Everest in person. It really lifted my spirits and gave me an extra push to keep going as I knew the reward at the end would be so much more.
Stay tuned next post for the story of our long trek to Dingboche!