After breakfast at the Namche guest house we were introduced to the new 'super' yak: they are woollier and better adapted to the terrain at higher altitude than their lowland counterparts. They also have a menacing look in their eyes - we were warned to stay well away from their large, curved horns.
The trek to Pangboche via Tengboche was very relaxing. In contrast to the preceding days' trek where rocks & stones were the norm, the trail was predominantly soil and dust. In the photo in the foreground you can see the trail winding its way round the side of the hill; in the center of the photo on top of the hill is Tengboche - the site of the monastery and in the background the range of dominant mountains with the larger plume of cloud coming off the peak of Everest. Add to this the tranquility of no vehicles except the occasional helicopter flying up the valley.
The monastery was burnt to the ground in 1989 as a result of faulty wiring and was rebuilt with assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary's organization. Climbers making their way to Everest usually stop here to receive a blessing from the monks.