Tengboche Monastery, Solu

Tengboche Monastery, Solu

The Tengboche Monastery is situated at an altitude of 3,867 m on the main Everest trekking route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. Though not the oldest, but definitely the most famous, this Tibetan Buddhist monastery lies in the midst of an extremely scenic Himalayan panorama with the majestic Ama Dablam peak forming the backdrop. 

This monastery was constructed in the 20th century. It is said the initial cost of constructing the gompa at Tengboche was borne by four rich men of Khumjung, Junbesi, Namche Bazaar and Gole, while the Sherpa villagers voluntarily contributed their labour, and the monastery was completed in two months. The main temple was destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1934 but was rebuilt with donations and labour contributions by the villagers of Khumbu. In 1989, fire engulfed and burnt down the monastery, which has since been rebuilt. 

This monastery is well known for the Mani Rimdu festival that takes place in November. The festival, which lasts three days, is marked by the famous mask dances performed by the monks. The dance drama depicts the victory of Buddhism over the Bon religion. It also represents the victory of good over evil.  

Access: The easiest way to reach the monastery is by taking a regular flight to Lukla and then walking for three days along the most scenic trekking route that leads to Everest Base Camp.

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