I had a lovely time staying with Mingmar and family again last Friday night. As a treat, we went to Rumdoodles – the infamous restaurant in Thamel (tourist area of KTM) where summiters go to design a Big Foot in celebration of their summit. The 2011 group I summitted Island Peak (20,300ft) with also designed a Big Foot but Pemba, Mingmar & Doma’s youngest, could not find it despite the threat of no pizza if it was not located :-). He did however find the Big Foot of Mingmar’s fifth (or maybe 6th) Everest summit of 2013 – very impressive!
Saturday morning Mingmar, Pemba and I went on a morning walk up to Kapan Monastery, This time Mingmar used his charm to get us inside, last time it was closed to outsiders as there was a special retreat taking place. Some photos of the beautiful monastery follow.
Mingmar is heading to Everest again as Mountain Guide with Peak Freaks at the end of March. Wishing him a safe and successful summit.
After morning walk and breakfast, Doma, Yanji and I headed off to Boudhnath to attend a prayer gathering by a Lama at the Sherpa Centre there. I just love the tone of the Lama’s voice reciting the prayers (check out YouTube clip), very soothing and therapeutic. Once the prayers were over, about 600 people lined up for a very tasty lunch and Doma caught up with her Sherpa friends, some of whom were visiting from the mountains especially for the occasion. It was a very interesting time and I am grateful for Doma and Yanji for including me in such a great experience to learn more about Sherpa culture.