The happiest monk in the world

In Namchee Bazaar we met Zheng Bu, possibly the happiest monk in the world. His friendly attitude lifted our spirits as he welcomed us into a Buddhist temple on the Himalayan mountainside with jokes, laughter and blessings.

He organises a three month long celebration each year running from April to June with lots of singing and dancing. 

Zheng Bu taught us a mantra and we sat for a while, feeling our bodies acclimatise to high altitude. 

We also visited the statue of Tenzing Norgay, one of the most distinguished Sherpa’s in the world. He is most well known for being first to the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hilary. On a clear day you can see Mount Everest on the horizon, shining in tribute to Tenzing and Hilary’s achievements. 

This was a welcome rest day, as we prepared ourselves mentally and physically for the next stage of our challenge. Tomorrow we leave for Tengboche, making our way further into very high altitude up to 3,870m. 

The mountain trail offered spectacular views of some of the highest Himalayan peaks, they stood tall like rock giants looking down into the Khumbu Valley. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku all close to 7,000m towered above us, a truly humbling experience. 
Occasionally we caught glimpses of the mighty Mount Everest through the clouds. The mighty mountains majestic snow covered lines spurring us on. 

We made our way along one side of the Khumbu before dropping down steeply to the river running through its bottom. Here we stopped for lunch and prepared ourselves for a steep incline up to Tengboche, home to the largest monastery in the Khumbu Valley. 

Author: Adventure Travel Alex

Adventure Travel Writer

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