Monday, April 16, 2012

Puja Ceremony at Everest Base Camp

Today we had our Puja ceremony!  Together with our Sherpa team we asked the mountain for safe passage for us during our climbing.  At the end of the Puja ceremony we erected a mast with several strings of prayer flags that encompass our camp.  Pictured above are photos of our team during the ceremony, the tradition of wiping sampa flour on members faces, and dancing afterward to the traditional Sherpa songs of Mt. Everest.  Now our Sherpa team will begin carrying loads to our high camps, and soon the western climbing team will begin our climbing!