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Some people search for wisdom. Others for truth. Then there are those who search for views from toilets…

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Peak of Mount Everest visible from monastery toilet

Peak of Mount Everest visible from monastery toilet

 The highest point on earth, seen through a toilet window. Photograph Anna Maria S. Jorgensen.

The highest point on earth, seen through a toilet window. Photograph Anna Maria S. Jorgensen.

Seeing the summit of Mount Everest from a toilet is a very special moment. Arguably, it’s even more exhilarating than reaching the summit itself. In this image, taken at the Tengboche Monastery in Nepal, the peak of Everest can be seen on the left. Lhotse, the world's fourth highest mountain is on the right... you’re welcome!

A time lapse video of the same view demonstrates in five seconds what it might be like were you to spend an hour or so in this toilet. It's unlikely that the video was actually shot in there, as, clearly, that wouldn't be fair on anyone queueing outside:

Location

 Sunrise at Tengboche. Photograph  Ivan Borisov

Sunrise at Tengboche. Photograph Ivan Borisov

The Tengboche Monastery sits high in the Himalayas in the Sagarmatha National Park. It’s on the trek to Everest base camp and is a 4-5 day walk from Lukla. Everest itself is still over 3 days away.

 

Suggested viewing…

Incidentally...

Mount Everest is known as Chomolungma (meaning ‘Goddess mother of mountains’) in Tibetan and Sagarmatha (meaning ‘Sky Head’) in Nepalese. The mountain was named Everest by the British in 1865, after surveyor Sir George Everest.

Flying out of Lukla, where trekking to Everest Base Camp/Tengboche often begins, looks like this:

This toilet was featured in A Loo with a View, by Luke Barclay (Virgin Books). Homepage image is by Anna Maria S. Jorgensen.


Adventure toileting in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Adventure toileting in the Sacred Valley of the Incas