20 July 2009

Everest Region December 2003 - Day 15

Gokyo Lakes

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If you would like some more background sound from Taboche Tsho whilst you browse, then click here. The other lakes sounded similar, but Lake 2 was probably the most "Bel Canto" of the lot.

As we wandered up the Ngozumpa valley, we encountered some very strange ice formations, created by water pooling around rocks and then shrinking sufficiently to break free. Here are Glen and Joseph playing with Elvis. The King is not dead, he retired to the Gokyo valley in the Himalayas.


Thonak (Donag) Tsho

Thonak (Donag) Tsho, the fourth lake.

Opposite the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho, is an eastward pointing glacial valley, Gaunara (Gyubanare) Glacier. By a stroke of luck, this aligns directly with Mt Everest/Chomolungma. On this day, however, the mountain was in cloud, so we could only see the base of the west ridge, and bits of Tibet/China. If you follow one of the left hand ridges upwards, you will reach Changri La (5812m), which we thought sounded pretty good! On account of having a good view of Everest without climbing anything, this point was dubbed "Scoundrel's View".

Scoundrel's View


By now, it had started to get quite windy and very cold, so we made our way back to Gokyo village (about 1½ hrs from Gyazumba Tsho, the sixth lake). By the time we had arrived back, it was starting to snow...

And the snow got heavier and heavier...

Yaks in the snow

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As seen on Andrew Purdam's Bushwalking Treasure Box blog.

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