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Prayer books, Thame gompa

Thursday 03 November 2011 - Day 13 - Trek Namche Bazaar / नाम्चे बजार to Thame (3,800m / 12,467ft)


... and we're off! After breakfast (and earwigging to French complaints about the lack of water overnight), we headed back to the gompa for a swift group visit and then continued west and north via the stupa at Phurte and the sparkly new gompa at Thamo, then passing under giant painted carvings of the Buddha and crossing the frothing white waters of the Nangpo Tsangpo as they force their way through a narrow rock gorge before emerging into a broad stony valley at Thame (3,800m / 12,467ft) - where the cloud that had condensed onto juniper tree leaves had frozen into icicles....


After settling ourselves in at the lovely Valley View Lodge and Resort, and tucking into a carbo-heavy lunch, Gopal took us on an acclimatisation walk up to the gompa ... cute puppies, low cloud. Back at base we battled with the French for seating and chatted with an American trio who were trekking with Val Pitkethly - highly recommended should you want to travel with a guide who has trekked in the Khumbu for over 25 years....



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Taken on November 3, 2011