Thame, Birth Valley of 1st Everest Summiter
Thame Valley is birthplace of Tenjing Norgey Sherpa. Tenjing is a man who ascended Mt Everest successfully for the first time ever, with Eudmaund Hillary from Newzealand. There is still a big confusion on who was the first who actually stepped on the top of Everest among two legends of Everest Expedition in May 29 1953 at 11:25 AM. Interesting thing about the this
Thame Valley is a mountain named after Tnjing, Mt Tenji. Mountain was named after this legendary Sherpa already in 1960’s. Government of Nepal awarded Tenjing with many awards by then. However international society accepted Tenjing as the first successful climber of Everest in 2013 AD, ironically.
A successful climb to the top of Everest by Tenjing was in 1953, although he had climbed above 7000 meters of Everest for 6 times before he was hired as a local guide by Eaudmund Hillary’s Expedition team. Hillary choose Tenjing as his Sherpa for a reason.
Tenjing was the team of Everest Expedition group from 1922 AD for several times and Tenjing did not let down climber Hillary. Both of them went to the top and conquer Everest successfully for the first time. The successful Everest team spend around 2 month for this expedition from the basecamp to the top.
Thame at the altitude of 3800 meters has a magnificent view of the mountains like Mt. Thamsherku, Kangtega, Kusumkangeru, Tengi and many other small one. People are really nice here in the village and village in the lap of the mountain is spectacular. On the side of river this village is fertile land for potato farming. As this village is not that touristic you meet very less trekkers in the valley, people who do Everest Panorama trek and those who do Renjo La pass come through village. Spending (at least) one night in this mini valley worth your hiking around the mountains of Khumbu region once in a lifetime memory.
Things to Do in Thame Valley Everest
While being at this village you can visit the monastery at the top of the hill which is in the sight from the village itself. More on that school and hospital in the same village you stay could be option to explore. As this health post and school are primary and basic you might not enjoy the expectations. Even walking around the village is nice enough in the sunny day.
If you are here in the valley after doing Renjo la pass then your memory from the Gokyo valley and being in this Thame valley will be magnificent. If you are fit it takes 5 hours walking from Namche and if you are coming from Renjo la pass you start from place called Lungden and it takes 4 hours mostly downhill. The view of the valley and the mountain landscape is spectacular. You will never regret getting here in the beauty if the Himalaya. As very few people do this village less know about the place and this is even interesting for you.
Apart from that some people who take rest days at Namchhe do this as their side trip but it is not easy side trip I must say. But staying overnight in thid quite valley of the Himalaya will be your great experience. So as a guide working in this Himalaya for 11 years I recommend this place to go for a overnight trip not side trip. I wish you your best time on this beautiful Thame, make your holiday beautiful.