Everest 2011: Sherpa Puja Ceremony to Honor the Mountain (Photos)

Text by Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent. In May 2010 Hahn reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 12th time, the most of any a non-Sherpa climber. This time, he is leading a Bill McGahan and his 16-year-old daughter, Sara, on a bid for the summit. Follow the team's Everest expedition in dispatches here.

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Dispatch 6: Puja Ceremony Near Khumbu Icefall

Here see photos from the team's puja ceremony in which the Sherpas pay homage to the mountain deity. This is the starting point for all Everest expeditions.

Puja Time

Puja Lamas and drum

The team with Khumbu Icefall behind


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    April 13, 2011, 6:01 am

    This is the starting point for all Everest expeditions.

  2. VBAC
    May 2, 2011, 1:35 am

    Wow ! These are nice photographs of Sherpa Puja Ceremony to Honor the Mountain. Ice mountain really like so wonderful and amazing. Thanks for sharing such a nice photographs with us.

  3. DCCTV
    May 10, 2011, 2:31 am

    These are some great shots. It must be hard to be on those ladders with the ice picks on.

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    May 27, 2011, 7:21 am

    Picture are taking very nicely. This Sherpa puja is done for ice fall on everest.

  5. טיול מאורגן
    July 9, 2011, 8:46 am

    Hi!! This is an amazing post. Great, that you took some photos of puja. All the photos are fabulous. Decoration in that Ice mountain is really awesome!! ThanX for sharing!!!

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    July 21, 2011, 10:54 pm

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    It looks like a colorful feast. The locals do have a ceremony, right?

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