Nepal 2017 AMS Research Expedition
The Road to Monjo
Trekkers galore. That’s what you find in Lukla. Base camp hopefuls, Mt. Everest attackers, Khumbu veterans, and zen seekers are scattered everywhere amongst a mix of porters and Sherpa guides looking for work from anyone who gets off the plane.
There are cafes (including a “Starbucks”), mountaineering outfitters, souvenir shops, and stores full of essentials such as sweets and toilet paper. On the end of town are a set of arches and beyond….. the forested wilds of the the Himalaya. It’s here where our guide Nima obtained all of our passes to enter the Sagarmatha National Park in which Mt. Everest resides as well as our first Sherpa lodge located in Monjo.
The map below is deceiving. The trek to Monjo took us 7 hours through some extreme topography. Deep valleys with crisp light blue water spilling over granite river beds at their base had us descending and ascending all day, with steel cable suspension bridges adorned in prayer flags spanning the rivers at various heights.
With several of our team suffering from a stomach virus or food poisoning, the day was long but well rewarded with a comfortable lodge, delicious food, and stunning views. The next day we were off to Namche Bazar at 3440m.