Back to Khumjung and trying to go from Thame to Renjo La pass

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Prayer flags near Khumjung
The morning was bright and I was feeling refreshed after a good nights sleep. At the breakfast table we checked our route to Thame and decided to give another try to cross Renjo La from Thame side. After a good heavy breakfast we were on the road, crossed the village which was getting ready for the daily tasks, school was starting with kids running around in the playground. We crossed the village outpost and reached the top and tied a few Tibetan prayer flags at the Stupa. The path way is fairly easy and we reach a fork, left one leading down to Namche Baazar and the right one towards Thame. From there it almost flat going down and soon we started enjoying the walk through tree covered pathways. We reached a place called Thamo which has a electricity generating plant that supplies power to all the surrounding villages.
The power is generated from the river water gushing down and has become the basic life line of people around this area. We stop here for lunch and decided to visit a small monastery by the time the lunch got ready. This monastery was going through some renovation and was a place for the nuns who welcomed us, offered some sweets; we also made a small donation. This monastery is at quite height so we got a very good view of the Thamo valley.

The lunch was delayed as there was a sudden inflow of tourists going for a day trip from  Namche Baazar to Thame and some possibly going back. There were at least over 25 tourists so the lodge owners were having a tough time preparing lunch for everyone. We had to wait for over 2 hours before lunch arrived. Met a couple of trekkers who had an exhaustive trek planned which included crossing 3 mountain passes, and climbing 2 peaks.
We wished each other luck and after lunch we continued our walk towards Thame.

The walk here is quite ok and we reached a bridge over a river gorge. The sound of water gushing at full speed is amazing with the sound of the wind blowing added to the noise. We could hardly hear each other when stopped on the bridge. There were a couple of paintings of Tibetan Buddhist religious gurus on the mountains and prayer flags tied to the bridge. From here it’s a steep climb up for around 1 hour before we reach a small water stream which joins the river below. We stopped at the stream which was quite shallow at this point, to wash up a bit. After taking a few pictures we continued our way towards Thame.

It’s a small walk from the stream to the village and we stopped for the evening at a nice lodge. I was the only person in that lodge and had it all to myself. Soon freshened up a bit and walked to the dinning room where some young monks were watching Indian bollywood movies. Talked to some of them and came to know that they were studying in a monastery in Kathmandu and had come home to Thame for the holidays. Soon the evening turned to night and after dinner retired to my room.
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Prayer flags near Khumjung
Prayer flags near Khumjung
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