It’s customary in the mountains to hold a religious Puja ceremony before heading up to the higher altitudes above base camp and today was our camps turn so after a quick breakfast at 8.00am we headed outside on a beautiful sunny day to sit around the Puja Lapshu where it has been decorated by the Sherpas with offerings to the mountain gods as two lama’s read out three hours of prayers and offerings and ask for safe passage through the mountains for us. We put our climbing gear around the Lapshu so it is blessed as part of the ceremony and throw rice at different times before shots of whisky are handed out for good luck. I had some charms and personal notes from my family that I wanted to take so took these with me to the Puja so I’d get the maximum blessing effect!
The lama’s give each of us a necklace for good luck and then the camp parties until mid afternoon. Nims Puja’s are legendary in the mountains so many people come over from other camps to have a look at what’s going on and to share in the celebrations.
Eventually the booze runs out and the dancing subsides and we grab some food before heading off to our tents for the rest of the day.
I’m sure there will be some sore heads in the morning and already a few people have been asking if it will be rest day - unlikely I think!
This evening Nims has promised to show us the trailer for his Project Possible movie that will be released on Netflix shortly and everyone is excited to see that, the book was incredible so the movie I sure to be full of high altitude excitement and edge of your seat stuff.