Pangboche at 3986m. Just before the village are two chortens, a kani and a resting place. East of the chortens is a monument where you can see the footprint  of the patron saint lama Sange Dorje preserved in stone.


Pangboche is the highest year- round settlement in the valley. In Pangboche there is a gompa which is 606 years old. The Pangboche gompa is the oldest in Khumbu and once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. These items were stolen in 1991, so another chapter of the yeti legend continues unsolved.

Pangboche is actually two villages, upper and lower. On the way to the Everest base camp the lower route is best, but on the return trip, use the upper trail and visit the gompa, 120m above the lower village. There are many lodges in lower Pangboche, offering good choices for lunch and camping.

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