EVEREST LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by
O BOTICΑRIO, VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS
Expedition to the Top of the World. Deboche (3,770m) -
Periche (4,280m) Visit to Pangboche Monastery.
I sent a picture taken in front of Tengboche
Monastery, the biggest monastery in all Khumbu, that
after being totally destroyed by a fire in 1992, was
rebuilt and every year after is expanded. Its chorten,
originally made of stucco, is being covered by cement.
A big portal is almost in front of the main entrance.
for the first time in Khumbu in 1991. This is my
fourth visit to this Nepalese region of Everest. That
is why I could note some changes as these eleven years
went by, the number of lodges is more than double, the
road has a lot of erosions in many parts and piles of
garbage can be seen between the trees in the woods by
trained eyes. I also noted that deforestation seems to
be less and that the infrastructure for tourism has
evolved a lot, as well as the prices.
really did not change was the strong presence of
religion. Chortens (a kind of Tibetan stupa), mani
korlos (praying cylinders or windmills), manis (walls
made with stone layers craved with prayers), tcheudos
(piles of stones craved with prayers), are multiplied
everywhere, keeping in an untouchable way the
authenticity of the Sherpas culture.
kind of analysis is very important on this
International Mountain Year. Not only the environment,
but cultural and ethnical matters that surround them,
deserve to be preserved. It is worth a reflection of
what is happening in Brazil and what measures can be
taken in order to give value and respect to our
on our way to Pheriche, we entered the most ancient
monastery of the region, in Pangboche. We looked for
the monastery abbot, we asked for his blessing and
protection for our climb. The ceremony lasted about an
hour and left us with a high spirit. Our enthusiasm to
face Everest and Lhotse has never been stronger.
LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by O BOTICΑRIO,
VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS
Portuguese by Jorge Rivera