October 23th, 2016 Trek To Kyanjin Gompa

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The day began earlier than intended for us as the Summit Guest House's resident mongoose chased mice throughout the sleeping house's roof and walls until 3a.  After  few hours of sleep, our morning tea was served to us at 6a followed by breakfast at 7a.  Most of us have fallen in love with the Tibetan fried and Chapati breads  and they were popular choices for breakfast along with mint tea.

We departed Thyangsyapu  at 8a and hit the trail for the seven mile trek to Kyanjin Gumpa in good – although  a little chilly – spirits.  Some of us experienced tingly hands and feet which were the effects of our Diamox altitude sickness medication.

We soon came upon Langtang (3,430 meters) or, better worded, what was left of Langtang.  With the exception of one building, Langtang was entirely wiped out during the April 25, 2015 earthquake.  The 'quake destroyed 200 buildings and killed 175 people with approximately another 40 people missing and presumed buried under the ruble.  The 'quake caused large parts of a glacier on Lang Lirung mountain (7,227 meters) to break off and tumble down.  As they fell  the 8,000 feet to Langtang, they broke off massive amounts of rocks (many huge boulders) creating a gigantic rockslide.   The rockslide flattened Langtang leaving nothing but huge swath of rock.  We were all humbled looking at the site, thinking about what it must have felt to be in Langtang on that day, and viewing the numerous flags left by relatives marking the site of their deceased relatives.   Just past the devastating slide site, a few of the surviving residents were trying to rebuild their lives by building new homes.

We continued down the trail, and, after a quick stop for  tea at the Tibetan Guest House in the rebuilt section of Langtang, had lunch in Mundu at the Nimu Hotel & Lodge.  Although none of us were hungry due to altitude, we enjoyed the homemade pasta, potatoes and Chabati as well as an interesting conversation with a member of the US Special Forces who, shockingly, was from Indiana. He was part of a  group of US military training Nepali soldiers on mountain rescues.

After lunch, we continued on the trail passing the Buddhist stupa and Buddhist monastery as we headed into Kyanjin Gumpa and our lodging for the night, the Panorama Hotel.  After checking in, some of us explored the village and sampled the local apple pie.