May 9 – Namaste from Pangboche

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Sir Edmund Hillary school in KhumjungHi, this is Shelley calling for Berg Adventures from Pangboche at 3930 meters. Today we left Khunde and made our way to Khumjung where we visited the Hillary school, and it was great. We got to go inside one of the classrooms and, to my surprise, it looked like much a classroom you would see in any other school, with drawings on the wall, the alphabet, and it was wonderful to see.

We also made our way after the school visit to a bakery in Khumjung. This bakery is one of Leila’s favourite bakeries, and although Leila isn’t with us in this trip we enjoy some bake goods on her behalf. We had some cinnamon rolls and apple strudel and it was just wonderful. I do believe that Brad enjoyed a chocolate donut but no other team member had one of those.

The steep trail to TangbocheOn the trek today we went through some of the most beautiful trails I had ever seen. The rhododendron were in bloom    and they canopied the trail with these amazing, brilliant, pink flowers. It was just so spectacular to walk through these beautiful trails today.

After lunch we hiked uphill for quite a long time, about 2 hours, where we reached Tangboche at the top. We stopped and  visited the Visitors Center and had a little bit of a break before we continued on to Pangboche.

Our group is doing so well. You can just see in everyone’s face, the smiles are so bright   and they are so happy, and today was our longest day of trekking. We were trekking for quite a long time and they looked great;  they were probably the best I have seen them look for the whole trip, and everyone is so happy that we are here in Pangboche. We are staying  in Ang Temba’s lodge, called the Highland Sherpa Resort. As we were approaching Pangboche we got a glimpse of Ama Dablam through the clouds, and although it wasn’t a clear day it was great to see Ama Dablam peak through now and then. It really brightened everyone’s spirits; it was a great day.

View of Ama Dablam from PangbocheRight now everyone is just waiting for some dinner, and as I am doing this dispatch I’ve made a friend and her name is Lakpa Tenzing and she is 10 years old and she would like to say Namaste to everyone. 

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