Photo Friday: Trekking Nepal Part V
First, for those who have just discovered this, the previous posts about my trek through the Everest Region in November 2021:
Day 9: To Chukkhung
From Dinboche to Chukkhung was a short day, so we were able to do some explorations after arriving (and lunch, of course). Short or not, it was also our highest point to date--the little hotel village of Chukkhung is higher than Ama Dablam base camp!
We headed out about 8:30, as usual, up the Imja Khola river valley. We didn't try for really early starts because overnight temperatures were just too cold--with our reasonable days, it made more sense to wait for the sun in most places.
|Passing through Dingboche in the morning. |
|The amount of ice on the river tells you that even the days are getting cold!|
|Guide Junar arriving at the Chukkhung Resort. "Resort" has a different meaning in the Khumbu than in the States. Sure beats a tent.|
|Our sunny room, with a view of Ama Dablam.|
After lunch, we headed up the trail towards Island Peak Basecamp, though with no intention of going far.
|Climbing an old moraine above Chukkhung. It's all moraines there.|
Great views of Lhotse, dwarfing Island Peak!
|We had all turned around by the time an hour was up. It was cold and windy, despite the sunshine!|
|A clear, cold night. My little camera did its best with moonlight and stars!|
Day 10: Chukkhung Ri
We headed out as soon as the sun hit to climb Chukkhung Ri, which at 18,253' is the highest altitude I've experienced!
|Rest break after the first section of the climb. Warming up--as long as you're out of the wind.|
We left part of the group at the saddle. Seven of us (5 client and 2 guides) headed for the summit.
|Karen and Jay near the summit, with views clear back to Namche.|
Tagging the top!
Looking the other way, we realized there's a huge glacial meltwater lake (Imja Tsho) at the head of the Imja valley.
|A jumble of glaciers, moraines, and huge ice-covered peaks|
The only thing wrong with our climb of Chukkhung Ri was that we didn't carry our lunch. Despite snacks, by the time I got back to the lodge for lunch about 2 for my lunch, I was not in a good place. Still, I flew down the mountain, only about 20 minutes behind my son!
|Enjoying the afternoon sun on the terrace|
Despite the late lunch, I greatly enjoyed my dinner at the usual time, after a very short outing to shoot the sunset.
Part I: Lukla to Namche
Part II: Namche to Khunde
Part III: Khunde to Pangboche
Part IV: Ama Dablam Basecamp to Dingboche
Part V: Chukkhung
Part VI: Kongma La
Part VII: Everest Base Camp
Part VIII: Cho La
Part IX: Gokyo
Part X: Renjo La
Part XI: Thame Valley to Home