Yesterday after our summit of Kala Pattar we had a long trek back to Pheriche, bypassing Lobouche. It was a sad journey as we were leaving an incredible place that we only visited very briefly but at the same time we had such an incredible two days. Today, we had a very short walk to Pangboche - just under two hours - as a form of a rest day to recover from two very hard days of trekking and climbing. Pangboche is one of the larger villages in the area and a jumping off point for many trekking destinations. I am continually amazed at how warm and friendly the Nepalese people are.
Traffic on the road to Pangboche - porters and yaks! Trekkers frequently shout out "Yak Yak" so we can jump out of the way of the yaks, and more importantly, their horns.
Downtown Pangboche. You will note the lack of cars, traffic lights, side walks... just about everything, really :)
Prayer stones are found throughout the region - the local monks write out prayers to bring blessings and fortune. The stones are frequently seen in and around towns but they can also be found out beside the trails that are used to bring luck and health to the porters and other people walking the "roads" on this part of Nepal.