Chukkhung Ri

First, for those who have just discovered this, the previous posts about my trek through the Everest Region in November 2021:

Kathmandu
Part I: Lukla to Namche
Part II: Namche to Khunde
Part III: Khunde to Pangboche
Part IV: Ama Dablam Basecamp to Dingboche


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.

 
Next week: Kongma La! 
 
 
 
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