Day 14 ~ Renjo Pass (17,500 ft)

Today’s walk was a highlight of the trip!  The climb from Gokyo (15,774 ft) to Renjo Pass (17,500 ft) was slow and tedious. It took 4 hours of step-step-rest/breathe, step-step-rest/breathe, step-step-rest/breathe.  When it became steeper, I took one step for every breath. On the way up we kept looking behind us as the immense summit of Everest grew over the already magnificent peaks.  On Renjo Pass, we had our last and best views of Mt. Everest.  The day was clear with no clouds over Everest!  After the pass, we started our descent. We would not be this high again and I didn’t want to leave the high altitude beauty.  I was savoring every moment as we descended past lakes and ledges to the village of Lundgen (14,371 ft).  It was the one of the best walks ever!

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Everest over Gokyo
Mt. Everest towers above Gokyo.

Days 12-13 Gokyo

Day 12 – Gokyo (15,716 ft)

OMG!!! What a beautiful morning!  Four inches of fresh snow, mountains breaking out of clouds, all white everywhere, crazy, close to heaven.  We are so lucky we crossed the pass yesterday. Would have been tough today. We are now in Gokyo (15,716 ft).  It took us about 3 hours to get here, crossing Ngozumba Glacier. We have great lodge, very clean, beside a lake. And warm.  It has been on and off snowing all day with low visibility.  It is a day to rest and visit with others. The weather is supposed to be good tomorrow.

Day 13 – Gokyo Ri (17,581 ft)

Another spectacular day! Mostly sunny, few clouds, views  of Everest from the top of Gokyo Ri (17,581 ft)!  It was another slow motion walk. From the top we had views of Everest, Malaku, and Lhotse! Everest had a plume of cloud blowing off one side. Temperatures have been getting down in the teens at night. Last night showed a low of 18° F and a high today of 28°.  As long as the sun shines and the wind doesn’t blow it feels warm.  For today’s hike up Gokyo Ri, we started with strong gusts. We were lucky. By the time we reached the top. The wind died down. We spent about an hour up there. I took lots of photos and had a great talk with Krishna.

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