April 6th Hike

Perhaps one of the most fascinating days of the trek, we travel to the village of Thame (12,464ft/3800m), off the main trekking path. We have the unique opportunity of visiting the home of Lakpa Rita Sherpa, our Sirdar (lead Sherpa) and Everest climbing guide. His family has been a mainstay of this small community, raising yaks and farming. This gives us an intimate view of Sherpa culture while visiting a traditional home. Interestingly enough, a number of famous climbing Sherpa have come from Thame. The ‘Thame’ experience is one rarely afforded to trekkers. After afternoon tea, we climb to the Thame monastery and further explore local Buddhism. We tour this 400 year-old gompa (monastery) and learn about its inner workings and the lives of its monks. As we view the monastery we discuss the wall paintings and artifacts that are central to Buddhist practice. Before departure we will hopefully have the opportunity to meet and receive a blessing from the Thame Rinpoche (head priest) Hiking time: 5 hours.

Starting point : Namche Bazaar (Altitude: 3420m/11190ft.)
End point: Thame (Altitude: 3800m/12,464 ft)
Distance: 7 km/4.4 miles
Hiking time: 7 hours.

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