Mount Everest visible from monastery toilet
Seeing the peak of Mount Everest from a toilet is a pretty special moment. In fact, it might be better than standing on the summit of Everest itself. Either way, it’s exciting to share this rare and wonderful image with you. Taken at the Tengboche Monastery in Nepal, this is surely one of the world’s most iconic toilet views. The top of Mount Everest, the highest point on earth, can be seen through the window on the left. The world’s fourth highest mountain, Lhotse, is on the right. Sensational!
Tengboche Monastery is in Sagarmatha National Park, high in the Himalayas. It’s on the trek to Everest base camp, 4-5 days out of Lukla. Although it’s clearly visible from the monastery, Everest is still over 3 days away.
Filmed during the 2014 Ice Avalanche, which killed 16 Sherpas, this film focusses on Perba Tashi, a Sherpa who has made 21 Everest ascents. His wife does not want him to continue risking his life on the mountain just for the money:
This time lapse video demonstrates what it might be like to spend an hour or so in the Tengboche toilet:
And, flying out of Lukla, where treks to Everest Base Camp/Tengboche often begin, looks like this:
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 Sir George Everest.
This toilet was featured in A Loo with a View, by Luke Barclay (Virgin Books). Homepage image is by Anna Maria S. Jorgensen.