National Geographic : 1966 Oct
World traveler, champion dancer, and elder of Khumjung village, Khun jo Chumbi visited Europe and Amer ica in 1960 with the author and Sir Edmund Hillary. An instant success in the United States with his robes, boots, and Tibetan hat, he appeared on television and sent gifts to Presi dent Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mother nak-female of the yak-nuzzles her newborn calf in a lofty meadow. The beasts provide milk for but ter, wool for clothing, leather for shoes, and dung for fuel. Yaks pack supplies across the passes and plow fields hard won from the mountainsides. Fanfare of 15-foot horns wel comes the visiting abbot of Thyangboche Monastery to Thami village. Lamas wear wool hats shaped like the hel mets of ancient Greeks. An unnamed peak guards the 19,100-foot-high Tesi Lapcha pass to Sherpaland. "Thick as gruel and with a powerful kick," author Doig describes chang, homemade Sherpa beer brewed from grain or potatoes. The girl ladles out the beverage to thirsty porters. 550 Drums pound, trumpets blare, and prayer wheels spin as vil lagers of Pangboche await the arrival of the Rimpoche (pages 566-7), head lama of Thyangboche Monastery, revered as the reincarnation of its founder. Banners, whipping in the wind, emerge from the village temple only for such gala ceremonies.