Tengboche Monastry
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Tengboche Monastry

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At 3867m Tengboche Monastry is one of the highest Buddhist monastry in the region. Flanked by the thumb-like Ama Dablam(6812m) and the Lhotse(8616m), the village it towers above is the gateway to the Everest region and beyond. The summit of Mt. Everest is just hidden behind Lhotse here.

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A: Dudh Koshi Valley from Tengboche

by Arroz Marisco, 510 meters away

I mistook the trail to the right on exit from the monastry at Tangboche as the trail to the village l...

Dudh Koshi Valley from Tengboche

B: Phunki Drengka - the stop before Tengboche Monastry

by Arroz Marisco, 1.9 km away

It was nightfall already and I hadn't quite made it to Tengboche Monastry yet - my original plan as I...

Phunki Drengka - the stop before Tengboche Monastry

C: Nepal Mong 3950m

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D: View of the Himalayas from Stupas above Pangboche

by Arroz Marisco, 2.9 km away

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View of the Himalayas from Stupas above Pangboche

E: Chorten before the Village of Pangboche

by Arroz Marisco, 2.9 km away

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Chorten before the Village of Pangboche

F: Namche Bazar3

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Namche Bazar3

G: Namche Bazar2

by andrey air_man, 4.6 km away

Namche Bazar2

H: Helicoptor Pad outside Everest View Hotel

by Arroz Marisco, 4.6 km away

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Helicoptor Pad outside Everest View Hotel

I: Dole H= 4110m

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Dole H= 4110m

J: The Hotel with the Most Wonderful View - not quite the Everest View Hotel

by Arroz Marisco, 5.2 km away

Without doubt this modest ho(s)tel boasts one of the best view in the world - situated above the now ...

The Hotel with the Most Wonderful View - not quite the Everest View Hotel

This panorama was taken in Nepal

This is an overview of Nepal

Nepal lies between India and China and it contains Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. The Himalayas here are pretty rugged terrain.

The first civilizations here date to 600 BC in the Kathmandu valley, where the capital is now located. According to Buddhist tenets, the Buddha was born here in 563 BC, incarnating as Prince Siddhartha Gautama and leading the world to enlightenment through liberation from suffering. Many small temples and shrines like this one exist for Buddhists to stop and offer prayers.

Early support of Buddhism gradually gave way to Hinduism and today Nepal is the world's only Hindu monarchy. The kingdom of Nepal was united in 1768 by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who fled the Moghul invasions of India. Soon after that there was a period of conflict with the British East India Company leading to a treaty recognizing the independence of Nepal -- in 1923!

After WWII Nepal was ruled by monarchy but it arrived at the 1990's split by an official ban on political parties. Intense protest by the pro-democracy movement and the Maoist guerrilla Communist movement led to free elections in 1991, only to be followed by violence between the Nepalese government and Maoist guerillas.

Since the turn of the millennium there have been several important steps taken in the peace process, including a new Constitution for Nepal and a cease fire agreement with the rebels. A compromise government was achieved whereby a Maoist was elected prime minister without his taking control of the armed forces of the country.

At the time of this writing it has been one week since the compromise government has collapsed. We offer our hopes that the citizens and government of this beautiful country will come to a peaceful agreement soon.

Text by Steve Smith.

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