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Neal Kaptain

Boulder climber
CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 14, 2011 - 06:12pm PT
Does anyone know of any bouldering along the Everest Trek, between Lukla and Tengboche?

Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jun 14, 2011 - 11:35pm PT
Most of the boulders along the trail there are carved with Buddhist mantras
and you will upset people if you climb on them.
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Jun 15, 2011 - 11:35am PT
There is some bouldering above Pheriche' and more above Gorak Shep. I carried a pair of Ninjas on my trips there and found a few fun problems that helped to break up the hike.
Neal Kaptain

Boulder climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 16, 2011 - 04:49am PT
Jan--no worries, I have no desire outrage the locals!
Scole--thanks for the suggestions. If I get past Tengboche I will check them out.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jun 16, 2011 - 05:34am PT
Good luck to anybody who can boulder at 15,000 to 17,000 feet!

Most people who get that far are just happy to be able to keep putting
one of their own feet ahead of the other in a generally upward direction.
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Jun 16, 2011 - 04:08pm PT
Don't bother taking a pad. What you will find is limited, and you will be alone. There is also a little bit of roped climbing along the way. I believe it was near Phok Ding that I saw some fixed gear in a crack on the N. side of the trail. It looked hard, but I doubt it is worth carrying gear that far
Knuckles

Trad climber
Everett, Wa
Jun 16, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
Oddly fitting. Here's a link for you- http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Zanskar-Odyssey/149594078386357
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Oct 13, 2012 - 02:08am PT
[Click to View YouTube Video]
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Oct 13, 2012 - 02:46am PT
thx for the link B
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Oct 13, 2012 - 07:28am PT
Just above Tengboche and below Pangboche, there is the river gorge which might keep you amused. I almost went into it on a glissade.


Conrad

climber
Oct 13, 2012 - 02:07pm PT
Hi Neal and others,

As Jan pointed out rocks carved and painted as Mani Rocks are best appreciated walking clockwise around. Not ideal to climb. In the lower elevations the boulders are pretty much overgrown and in the middle of fields - not ideal bouldering. Many of the boulders first described in the 1963 Everest expedition have been turned into construction material. In The West Ridge, Tome Hornbein mentions a large boulder with a splitter crack near Lobuche. It no longer is.

The shelf below the SW face of Pumori offers plenty of boulders. Being at altitude keeps the vegetation at bay.

Trekking in the Khumbu offers a many sport climbing opportunities. The lueco granite is recently exposed and does not have the fractures one would equate to Yosemite. That being the case there are several sport climbs near Monjo, Thame, Phortse and Pangboche equipped with bolts. The local population is keen on rock climbing and if you ask around you'll find a competent Sherpa willing to get out and climb. The Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortse has a plenty of equipment to use and Nyima at the Namche Cyber Cafe will get you dialed with partners and locations.


Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Oct 13, 2012 - 07:05pm PT
How times have changed!
steve shea

climber
Oct 13, 2012 - 07:25pm PT
Lots of erratics above Chukhung (south) toward Ama Dablam North Face BC.
Scole

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 14, 2012 - 11:38pm PT
Things have definitely changed in the past twenty years. I never would have imagined sport climbing in the Khumbu. Seems like a great idea to leave all that expedition gear behind and just go from tea house to tea house sport climbing
Neal Kaptain

Boulder climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2013 - 11:55pm PT
Thank you everyone for replying to my query. In October 2011 my wife and I hiked as far as Tengboche. We saw many boulders along the way but did not find any particularly good routes. Fortunately, bouldering was not the goal of the trip: experiencing the Khumbu region was really what we were after and we had an incredible time there. Thanks again...
KP Ariza

climber
SCC
Mar 8, 2013 - 01:46am PT
BIOTCH,

that mini clip ^^^ above is some kick ass material. Those blocks look awesome.
dhayan

climber
los angeles, ca
Mar 8, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
Alot of nice looking boulders above Namche Bazaar
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