I wake up completely refreshed after one of the best sleeps I have had on this entire trek. My body really likes the lower altitude. Today is only a short walk but through some of the most incredible scenery. It is amazing to see the mountains change as you start to descend. Everything from the animals you see, the people you meet, the local houses and of cause the trees. We haven’t really seen a proper tree for a while.
The day starts off cold but it does promise to be a beautiful day. The sun is shining, there is a nice gentle breeze, its just a beautiful himalayan day, but we all know to well that the weather can change in an instant up in the mountains, our guide Prasant once said “If you don’t like the weather, come back in 10 minutes” The mountains did not let us down, the clouds quickly rolled in, the wind picked up, the temperature dropped and it started to snow. This did cause a few issues as the well worn tracks quickly became slippery and rather hazardous. As we descended further the snow turn to sleet and tracks turned to slush. Then almost as quickly as the weather turned bad it switched back to beautiful.
As we crossed the river and into the forrest, Nepal decided it would show us this magical, hidden, mystical valley full of beautiful moss covered trees and breathtaking views. As you could imagine the rivers in these parts are crazy, they twist and turn, the water rushes fast down the side of these massive mountains, the water up here is unforgiving. We soon see how powerful this force of nature can be. The remains of an old bridge, like the ones we have crossed plenty of times already, its solid steel frame all bent up, cascading into the valley below. I looked across to the other side and you can see the rock where it used to attach to. It now lay in the middle of the raging river. The force of this epic river had ripped apart the rock and sent this massive steel structure tumbling, bending into the depths of the valley. I really hope there was no one on the bridge when this happened.
As we had plenty of time at camp this afternoon we walked up again to visit the beautiful Tengboche or Thyangboche Buddhist Monastery. This visit was worth the short 1 hour walk up the hill. I love visiting monasteries, their peacefulness vibe passes onto you, you leave with this overall peaceful feeling that I just love. The monks don’t judge you, they don’t have preconceived ideas on what type of person you are by the way that you dress nor do they feel the need to impress you, they just carry on doing what it is they are doing, give you a peaceful smile and a nod.
The entire monastery area was full of beautiful animals just enjoying this sunny afternoon. There were bulls and cows just chilling out, not fussed about the trekkers walking through their paddocks, or the puppies that were happily playing around and just being puppies. They came up to our group and got a good amount of attention from the girls. I think that us westerners could learn a lot from these Buddhist monks about what life really is about. We get so caught up in owning stuff, the latest gadgets, or the latest and best smart phone so we can take great selfies and post them instantly to the world via social media. I feel another blog post coming on here so I will sign off now and say goodnight.
Have you had the same experience whilst traveling? I would love to hear about it, Please comment below.
One Life, One Search,