One of the old Sherpa settlement Khumjung has its sister village just in 40 minutes walking distance towards Hillary memorial view point. Village Khunde has a hospital called Hillary hospital and a monastery on the lap of the ridge of its hill. If you pass by this monastery you will get to the so called famous view point of the region. As every village has one primary school and a monastery as compulsory thing monastery is ornament of this Sherpa settlement. Talking about Khumjung Monastery, this is second oldest monastery of this holy Khumbu region.
As Tengboche stand first old monastery of the region Khumjung has its identity where you can see scalp of Yeti. You need to pay small amount of entrance fee in this monastery it is not for the monastery but for seeing scalp of Yeti. Scalp is inside a box with glass frame. You cannot take picture inside the monastery but you are allowed to take picture of this yeti scalp. People believe these yetis in those days used to be care taker of the domestic animals grazing in the field as wild animal.
As Sherpa people of these region keeps yak for milk, fur, meat and transporter used to graze yak in jungle where danger of Snow leopard and other flesh eating animals was high. In that time Yeti used to take care of animals. Even now a day if you ask to some of the locals you will get this reply from them. This sounds crazy but it is true. Yeti is half human and half animal living wild in the upper mountains of Nepal Himalaya. Writer of this article has met many those old people who believe there was yeti. They have a lot of interesting story about yeti.
Once while I was trekking to Gokyo Lake I was talking with an old man there and he was sharing experience with me like this; “during the cold night I was at home alone and I called Naks to milk them but they did not come. I was sad because they are not doing what they used to do regularly, and I slept that night without milking Naks thinking that I lost them. But in the morning when I wake I saw all the yaks’ near my shed. And I saw foot prints of Yeti leaving from my shed to one of the cave.” I asked him if he went to the cave to look at yeti, but he was astonished by how he can go as he was happy getting yaks back and also to go to that cave was not easy and could be dangerous.
Apart from Khumjung monastery, view of the holy peak just on the head of village named as Mt. Khumbila, beautiful mountain Mt. Amadablam will be great to see in-front of you. As Khumjung is near to Everest view hotel and Khunde village you can spend 2-3 days easily in this village Khumjung. Khumjung is famous village since at least one of the family members from each household are climbing guides and most of them have been to the top of Everest. If you ask any of the household you can hear story of their climbing to many mountains of Khumbu Himalaya range. After reading my article about Khumjung I am sure you will not regret staying couple of days in this beautiful village in the lap of Khumbila.
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