down in the tiny village of Chukung after our climb of Island Peak, we decided
to take a 'shortcut' to Lobuche by crossing the Kongma La pas. This 5500m high
pass offers on the east side a long, remote and very rewarding hike through
friendly meadows, past beautiful lakes and up a short, rocky climb to the top.
On the west side of the pass we rapidly dropped down to the large and rugged
Kumbu glacier. It's a large rock covered glacier with a few icy ponds, where
the trail cut across the glacier, with highs and lows leading us eventually to
the village of Lobuche.
day we continued our way west and had an easy day of walking to the
two-teahouse settlement of Dzongla, where most trekkers spend the night before
crossing the Cho La pas from the Khumbu to the Gokyo valley. The views of
Tawache, Cholatse and Lobuche (East) were truly spectacular. The next
morning we started of in mist and fog, but soon the mountain sun burned off
this gray cover, revealing the beautiful Cho La pas and the peaks surrounding
it. The climb up the rocky slopes on the eastside was a little steep but
quick, and the snow-covered pass itself had a good and straightforward trail
leading to the top. Clouds rolled in and quickly absorbed the peaks on the
Gokyo side, leaving us without views on the long, but mostly gentle way down
to the village of Dragnag. Crossing the moraines of the largest (Ngozumpa)
glacier in Nepal on our next day, was made easy by a good trail leading all
the way up to Gokyo, our next stop.
early the following morning and made our way up the grassy and rocky slopes of
5360m high Gokyo Ri. The weather was perfect and the view from the top
spectacular. Gokyo Ri is in the Gokyo valley -like 5545m high Kala Pattar in
the Khumbu valley- a major viewing point and many trekkers make their way up
for a great view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Tawache, Cho
Latse, Pumori and many more Himalayan giants!
last good meal at the gorgeous lake village of Gokyo we continued our way down
past Machermo and stayed the night in Lhusa. This made our next day down to
Namche Bazaar a little shorter and gave us the opportunity to take the
brand-new Khumbu trail from Mongla, through Khumjung to Namche. The manmade,
rock staircase before Khumjung is truly spectacular and saves a drop down and
a climb back up.
the Summitclimb International Ama Dablam 2005 expedition welcomed us and
together we walked out to Lukla the next day.
back on this first Sherpa Woman Climbing Workshop, I think it has been a very
enjoyable and educational experience. The two sherpa woman -Kandu Sherpa and
Nima Doma Sherpa- increased their glacier travel and climbing experience and
they taught me more about Sherpa customs and culture. We look forward to
further cooperation and working together with the Sherpa Women of Nepal in
very much for following our story! Yours sincerely, from Elselien te Hennepe
and all of us at the Sherpa Women's Climbing Workshop.
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