In the middle of Lukla village, adjacent to a thanka painting school, stands the richly decorated monastery of Lukla Kemgun.
Built in the early 18th century, renovated some twenty years ago, it is currently home to 25 lamas and fifteen novices—including a boy who is the reincarnation of the former lama incarnate. Its walls are a quiet riot of Buddhist iconography. Visitors, very welcome during the daily morning or evening ceremony, come to bask in the warm glow of the vivid murals, the soothing chants, haunting horns and tinkling bells whilst red-clad monks make their prayers.
2840m ( 9,318 ft)