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Everest Photo Gallery - Namche Bazaar to Thame, with views of Kongde and the Thame Gompa Monastery.

I trekked to Everest in Nepal in 1997, 2000, and 2008; Everest Kangshung East Face in Tibet in 1998; and Everest North Face in Tibet in 1998 and 2005.

Thame 01 View Towards Thame, White Chorten After passing Namche Gompa, the fairly easy trail to Thame contours around, passing through a forest to Phurte, the first village after leaving Namche. The trail passes a beautiful white chorten at the end of the ridge after Phurte.

Thame 01 View Towards Thame, White Chorten

Thame 02 Thamo, Waterfall And Mani Wall, Khumbu Bijuli Company Sign, Teashop Woman The village of Thamo has a nice waterfall next to a mani wall. In the centre of Thamo are the offices of the Khumbu Bijuli Company who manage the Thame hydro-electric scheme. The trail continues to Samde where I stopped and had a Coke and chocolate bar served by a very nice friendly woman.

Thame 02 Thamo, Waterfall And Mani Wall, Khumbu Bijuli Company Sign, Teashop Woman

Thame 03 Tibetan Trader With Yaks Traders from Tingri passed me near Thame with their yaks laden with goods to sell at the Namche Bazaar Saturday market.

Thame 03 Tibetan Trader With Yaks

Thame 04 View To Thame, View Back To Namche, Kongde,Tengkangpoche to Panalotopa As I neared Thame, I stopped to look around. I looked back at the trail to Namche Bazaar, with Thamserku towering overhead. To the south, the ridge from Kongde (Kwangde) Shar to Kongde Lho to Kongde Nup towered overhead. The ridge from Tengkangpoche to Panalotopa to the west leads up to the Tashi Lapcha pass.

Thame 04 View To Thame, View Back To Namche, Kongde,Tengkangpoche to Panalotopa

Thame 05 Entrance Bridge With Paintings On Rock Wall Paintings of Green Tara on the left, Padmasambhava in the middle, and a brown figure on the right are on the rocks above the entrance bridge to Thame.

Thame 05 Entrance Bridge With Paintings On Rock Wall

Thame 06 Paintings Of Green Tara and Padmasambhava On Rock Wall Next To Entrance Bridge To Thame Paintings of Green Tara and Padmasambhava (Tib. Guru Rinpoche) are on the rock wall above the entrance bridge to Thame.

Thame 06 Paintings Of Green Tara and Padmasambhava On Rock Wall Next To Entrance Bridge To Thame

Thame 07 Approaching Thame Gompa With Thame Village Below In 2008, I entered Thame after crossing the Tashi Lapcha Pass. The trail was easy from Thengpo Kharka, taking 65 minutes to reach the interesting Thame gompa, high above the Thame village. The Thame (3820m) village has a police checkpost and a few lodges and tea shops.

Thame 07 Approaching Thame Gompa With Thame Village Below

Thame 08 Thame Gompa The Thame gompa clings to a cliff high above the village. It was founded in 1667 and has about 35 monks.

Thame 08 Thame Gompa

Thame 09 Thame Gompa - Outside Entrance, Prayer Wheel, Wheel Of Life Painting, Inside Entrance Door The entrance to Thame gompa has a large prayer wheel and a Wheel Of Life Painting.

Thame 09 Thame Gompa - Outside Entrance, Prayer Wheel, Wheel Of Life Painting, Inside Entrance Door

Thame 10 Thame Gompa - Red Hayagriva, Blue Vajrapani Paintings The entrance to Thame gompa has beautiful paintings including Red Hayagriva and Blue Vajrapani.

Thame 10 Thame Gompa - Red Hayagriva, Blue Vajrapani Paintings

Thame 11 Thame Gompa - Main Altar, Books, Vajrasattva With Coinsort Mandala Painting, Buddha The interior of the Thame gompa has the main altar, holy books and beautiful paintings like this mandala painting of Vajrasattva in yab-yum with his consort. The Buddha painting is from the entrance area.

Thame 11 Thame Gompa - Main Altar, Books, Vajrasattva With Coinsort Mandala Painting, Buddha

Thame 12 Thangmoche Over Ridge North Of Thame We stayed in Thangmoche (3840m), just over the ridge north of Thame (3820m), with a big stupa at the entrance to the village.

Thame 12 Thangmoche Over Ridge North Of Thame

Thame 13 Kongde (Kwangde) From Thangmoche - Kongde Shar,  Kongde Lho, and Kongde Nup The broad summit ridge of Kongde (Kwangde) shines in the early morning sun from Thangmoche (3840m), just over the ridge north of Thame (3820m). From left to right are Kongde Shar (6093m), Kongde Lho (6186m), and after the big dip in the ridge Kongde Nup (6035m). Kongde Lho was first climbed on October 17, 1975 via the South Ridge by Lhakpa Tenzing. Sonam Gyalzen, Shambhu Tamang and Sonam Hisi.

Thame 13 Kongde (Kwangde) From Thangmoche - Kongde Shar, Kongde Lho, and Kongde Nup