17th October, 2011 – This morning our briefing included a review of our climbing itinerary, logistical details of our routes and detailed discussion on acclimatization issues. In the afternoon, Wongchu Sherpa kindly guided us to Boudhanath, a World Heritage site to see the Great Stupa, which is a focus for the exiled Tibetan Buddhist community. It was a bright, hot afternoon and the scene of a stark white stupa adorned with colourful prayer flags was breathtaking!
Afterwards, we were invited to the Sherpa Buddhist Monastery a short walk away, and were honoured to witness a funeral service. Two rows of monks chanted, and periodically interrupted the chanting with trumpets, cymbals and drums, which created a very moving and reverent atmosphere. The room was highlighted with an ornate golden statue of Padmasambhava, a Buddhist monk who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Tibet centuries ago.
Very early tomorrow morning (Tuesday) we will fly to Lukla and begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The SPOT devices will be activated once we begin moving, so if the satellite gods are with us, you should be able to follow our progress (reminder, we are 9 hours ahead of EST).
Although jet lagged and dozy today, the team is in good spirits, we are delighted to be here and very excited to being our Himalayan adventure tomorrow. We send you all warm wishes from Kathmandu!
Written by Margaret Imai-Compton
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