Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung, Khumbu Valley, Nepal
Photograph by Elena Pavlichenko
In the village of Khumjung is Tengboche Monastery, the largest gompa (fortified monastery) in the Khumbu region. Built in 1924, Tengboche Monastery was destroyed by earthquake in 1934 but was rebuilt. In 1989 it was destroyed again by fire and rebuilt once more with the help of volunteers.
From Tengboche, the view of the Himalayan Mountains is incredible – one can see the legendary peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, and Tawache!
With no road network, the only approach to Tengboche is by trekking, where it serves as the main approach to Everest base camp.