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Everest Photo Gallery in the monsoon of July 2005 - Everest North Face, Everest North Base Camp, and Rongbuk Monastery.

Everest Photo Gallery in the monsoon of July 2005

1 Pang La 1 Everest In Clouds From the top of the Pang La (5250m) in July 2005, only the lower half of Everest was visible.

1 Pang La 1 Everest In Clouds

2 Rongbuk 1 Everest North Face Partially Visible In Monsoon The question I had when I visited Everest in the July monsoon weather was would I see the mountain. Well, Everest remained hidden for the three days we were there. The most we saw was a glimpse of the right shoulder.

2 Rongbuk 1 Everest North Face Partially Visible In Monsoon

2 Rongbuk 2 Everest North Face Came Out Day After We Left We met a fellow Canadian arriving at Everest Base Camp as we left in the July monsoon. She sent us this photo from the next day, and, yes, the mountain finally came out.

2 Rongbuk 2 Everest North Face Came Out Day After We Left

2 Rongbuk 3 Rongbuk Guesthouse Bedroom We stayed at the Rongbuk Guesthouse, which has basic beds in unheated rooms. You can have anything you want from the kitchen, as long as it contains either rice or noodles, so we had fried rice with egg and noodle soup. The temperature was a balmy 10C in our room.

2 Rongbuk 3 Rongbuk Guesthouse Bedroom

3 Rongbuk Monastery 1 After Snowfall Founded in 1902, Rongbuk was the largest monastery of the region with over 500 monks and nuns. The monastery was destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. The monastery was renovated in 1983 and currently houses about 36 monks and 18 nuns. Here is a view in the July monsoon after an overnight snowfall.

3 Rongbuk Monastery 1 After Snowfall

3 Rongbuk Monastery 2 Rongbuk Monastery Dharma Wheel One of the Rongbuk Monastery monks shows off his percussion skills banging a gong below the dharma wheel and deer, symbolizing Buddha’s first teaching at Deer Park at Sarnath, India.

3 Rongbuk Monastery 2 Rongbuk Monastery Dharma Wheel

3 Rongbuk Monastery 3 Monk and Peter Ryan Peter Ryan was a real hit with the Rongbuk Monastery monks and nuns. Here are Dorje and Peter Ryan.

3 Rongbuk Monastery 3 Monk and Peter Ryan

3 Rongbuk Monastery 4 Monks and Peter Ryan Peter Ryan was a real hit with the Rongbuk Monastery monks and nuns. Here are Peter Ryan and Norbu Sunam and Narwang Tenzing.

3 Rongbuk Monastery 4 Monks and Peter Ryan

3 Rongbuk Monastery 5 Monks The Rongbuk Monastery monks were anxious for me to take their picture and then send it to them. Here are Jampa and Norbu Sunam.

3 Rongbuk Monastery 5 Monks

3 Rongbuk Monastery 6 Monk Holding a Butter Sculpture The Rongbuk Monastery monks were anxious for me to take their picture and then send it to them. Here is Tashi holding a butter sculpture, a sacred offering molded from dyed butter and tsampa.

3 Rongbuk Monastery 6 Monk Holding a Butter Sculpture

3 Rongbuk Monastery 7 Nun and Peter Ryan Peter Ryan was a real hit with the Rongbuk Monastery monks and nuns. Here are the nun Narwang and Peter Ryan.

3 Rongbuk Monastery 7 Nun and Peter Ryan

4 Everest North Base Camp 1 Jerome Ryan On Horse Cart To Base Camp As of 2005, officially you can now only travel from Rongbuk to Everest North Base Camp village by foot or horse cart. Our horse cart took almost the same time as walking.

4 Everest North Base Camp 1 Jerome Ryan On Horse Cart To Base Camp

4 Everest North Base Camp 2 Base Camp Village Everest North Base Camp village (5200m) consists of a number of tents, where you can eat and sleep. There's even a post office so Peter and Charlotte mailed a few postcards.

4 Everest North Base Camp 2 Base Camp Village

4 Everest North Base Camp 3 Peter Ryan Carried Across Stream Towards Real Base Camp We walked the 700m from Everest Base Camp Village to the real Everest North Base Camp, but Peter Ryan needed a little help crossing the streams.

4 Everest North Base Camp 3 Peter Ryan Carried Across Stream Towards Real Base Camp

4 Everest North Base Camp 4 Memorial To Marty Hoey The Everest North Base Camp has memorials to some of the dead climbers, reminding us what a dangerous mountain Everest can be. I was especially moved by the Everest North Base Camp memorial to Marty Hoey who died on May 15, 1982 when she leaned back on her harness to have a rest at 8200m, and the harness came undone.

4 Everest North Base Camp 4 Memorial To Marty Hoey

4 Everest North Base Camp 5 Memorial To Roger Marshall Everest North Base Camp memorial to Canadian Roger Marshall, who perished on May 21, 1987 attempting the Hornbein Couloir.

4 Everest North Base Camp 5 Memorial To Roger Marshall

4 Everest North Base Camp 6 Memorial To Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker were last seen on May 17, 1982 trying to climb the north east shoulder.

4 Everest North Base Camp 6 Memorial To Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker

5 Everest North 1 Driving To Tingri After leaving Everest Base North Camp, it was a fast 3:45 from Passum to Tingri, using a short-cut over a very rough 4-wheel track.

5 Everest North 1 Driving To Tingri