Summiting Mount Everest? This Greenhouse at 13,000 Above Sea Level Will Amaze You
When you’re trekking, perhaps the most important thing in your mind is to finish your hike and reach your destination where you can reap rewards — a beautiful view and a deep sense of pride.
Food has not been the greatest concern nor even the main feature that you’re excited to arrive at.
In fact, it sometimes brings inconvenience, having to carry loads of ready-to-eat packs, which will taste bland after a day.
However, an adventure on Mount Everest, the highest above sea level, would make you rethink about it.
Unexpected Gardens in EverestYou’ll be amazed to find what you see while trekking. Depending on where you are hiking, you can be bored with pathways filled with rocks or you can learn a thing or two about the villages you’ll pass by.
Add to that the perk of knowing what keeps the people in the area busy, therefore immersing on a different culture.
Modern Farmer’s Frank Giustra, however, was stunned to find something precious when he summited Mount Everest — a greenhouse at 13,000 above sea level.
He noted that unlike his trek to Kilimanjaro two years ago when he would thrive on rice, beans, and ginger tea, the Everest trip had much more variety in it.
But, what’s more impressive was when they arrived at their guide Ang Temba Sherpa’s house, where they were served dinner.
The scene-stealer, Frank revealed, was the vegetable salad, which was from the local’s very own greenhouse, where the Nepalese couple grows sorts of vegetable, from broccoli to bok choy, to tomatoes, to lettuce, and cucumber, and even herbs like mint and chives.
A Result of Difficulty in Getting SuppliesTemba and his wife Yangzee created the greenhouse in 2012 in Pangboche. But why did they build one in the first place?
Citizens were only able to plant potatoes in the area and so, in order to survive, Sherpas must make their way to other places to source other food. There is also the Namche Bazaar, a village in which they could purchase rice and other staples.
The high mountains may be too nice to look at, but it certainly is hard to make your way up and down just to get material and sustenance.
What adds to the treacherous travel is the lack of mobile, carts, bikes, and motorcycles because of the steep trails. Residents rely on yaks to carry their purchases up to Khumbu Valley.