Everest Base Camp Trek Day 5 Part 1 – Tengboche

Everest at Tengboche on EVerest Base Camp Trek

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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!

Thamserku at Tengboche on Everest Base Camp Trek
Thamserku outside of our teahouse at Tengboche

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.

Panorama from Tengboche on Everest Base Camp Trek
The stunning Himalayas visible from Tengboche – Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam

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.

Ama Dablam at Tengboche on the Everest Base Camp Trek
Ama Dablam, “the beautiful mountain” rising out of the clouds at Tengboche

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.

Everest and mani stones on Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest and Lhotse behind the mani stones at Tengboche
Erin and Everest at Tengboche on Everest Base Camp Trek
So excited to finally see Everest in person!

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.

Erin taking photos of Everest at Tengboche
Putting the camera to work at Tengboche!

Stay tuned next post for the story of our long trek to Dingboche!

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8 Replies to “Everest Base Camp Trek Day 5 Part 1 – Tengboche”

  1. I love reading about your trip. I went to Tibet last year (Lhasa to Kathmandu) and we stayed in a town hoping to see Everest but it was too cloudy :'(

    1. Glad you’re enjoying it Richelle! It’s a shame you didn’t see Everest, it really was amazing. I’d love to do Tibet though!

  2. How exciting, it looks amazing… and cold 😉

    1. During the day time while we were trekking it wasn’t too cold, it was mainly in the afternoons when the cloud rolled in that it started to get chilly. Plenty of layering kept us warm though!

  3. Those are incredible photos of the mountain! I would be scrambling to grab my camera too, in a panic! Who knows when the clouds could come back. I’m really enjoying reading about your journey. Keep these posts coming!

    1. Thanks! The photos don’t even do it justice, it was just spectacular 🙂

  4. So cool! Your pictures are beautiful! I so badly want to get to Everest…one day! Can’t wait to read about the rest of your adventure!

    1. Thanks so much! It was an absolutely amazing experience, I highly recommend it 🙂

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