Onwards and upwards.
Today we would trek past the world’s highest freshwater lakes system comprising six main lakes. Due to our direction of travel, each lake we passed would be progressively larger and more picturesque than the last, until finally reaching Gokyo village, at the foot of Gokyo Ri.
Day 7 was “acclimatisation day number two”. Behind the crest opposite Gokyo Lake is the massive Gokyo Glacier. It wasn’t much trouble climbing up to see this incredible sight.
Don’t miss it! The glacier stretches far, far into the distance on a scale that must be seen to be believed. You can even hear the faint cracks and crashes from unseen collapses.
Being still dark outside, is seems to gradually climb forever, while our fingers stayed numb inside our gloves. Being surrounded by the tallest mountain range in the world means the sun is quick to appear from behind a peak and the scenery changes colours very quickly. The view from the summit (5360m) is SPECTACULAR and highly recommended at sunrise (if you can drag yourself out of bed at 4:30am and withstand the bitter cold!).
Crossing Gokyo Glacier on the way to Thangnak can be fairly dangerous due to steep, narrow trails across the snow, ice and rocks that litter the glacier.
The next day was the infamous Cho-La Pass. We set out much earlier today as our guide informed us it was imperative to cross the pass as early as possible. The afternoon sun can melt the snow and ice within the pass’s slopes, causing it to fall in and make it treacherous for hikers. After a few hours reaching the pass, it was a tiring, steep ascent to the mouth of the pass. After chowing down on a packed lunch, we headed quickly through the main pass and down the other side. It was a BIG day!
TREK SO FAR:
Day 6: Machhermo to Gokyo Lakes (4790m)
Day 7: Acclimatisation Day at Gokyo Lakes
Day 8: Gokyo Lakes to Thangnak (4700m) via Gokyo Glacier
Day 9: Thangnak to Dzongla (4843m) via Cho-La Pass
Visited 12th to 14th November 2013.