Phortse in Pics

Posted by on February 3, 2012

Despite assurances to the contrary I received on the way towards the village of Phortse, at first view from across a river gorge it looked like… well, like a dusty wasteland at the foot of a desolate mountain.  On the first pass up the valley towards higher altitude, I couldn’t even be bothered to make a 45 minute side-hike to have a look around the village.  When I eventually showed up, then, about two weeks later, I was amazed at how pretty the area was.

Phortse Dablam

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Sunridge

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Hanging Around

Unlike most of the “villages” en route to Everest and Gokyo, Phortse is actually a living breathing village. Whereas most of the others serve as little more than pit-stops for trekkers, Phortse is all fields and monastery and a real working settlement that continues to live even outside the trekking season.

Definitely worth exploring for anyone in the area with an extra day or two.  If I were to go back to Solu Khumbu for a long-term adventure, this would probably be one of my bases for the area.

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2 Responses to Phortse in Pics

  1. Nan

    Very nice pictures, but it makes me wonder how these people get supplies in, do they have power or running water etc. Love N

    • Stephen

      Power is mostly solar throughout the region, and the water is drainage from the mountains. Lots of glacier melt and I’m sure a bit of rainfall mixed in with that. Other than that, all supplies are either made at hand or carried up on the backs of porters from the nearest bus station… about a week from where this was taken.

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