Phortse to Pangboche
On another bright and sunny day, we continued on the trail, high above the main Everest trail and far above the Imja Khola river and above the clouds in the valley below. We continued to a high point above 13,000 feet where Thamserku and Kantega towered above us across the valley. We could see back to the Tengboche Monastery which we would visit on the return trip. Coming around a bend, Ama Dablam presented itself to us along with Everest in the distance with its sister peaks. We continued on to our destination, the Village of Pangboche situated above 13,000 feet. We went into the Pangboche Monastery which is a rectangular building surrounding a courtyard with older and newer construction. Thupten explained that unlike Tengboche, Pangboche is a Monastery for householders, devotees who maintain lives and families outside of the monastery. We gave the elderly monk a fifty rupee donation and were allowed to light Yak butter candles. Someone asked Tupten if we should light the candles for someone. He said the candle would send out light for all people but we could make a wish.