Nepal - Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp trek

Dzongla to Gorak Shep

 

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Day 11 - From Dzongla to Lobuche and Gorak Shep (5140m)

After yesterday's long demanding walk today looks like it will be a lot easier.

The path from Dzongla undulates gently above a small glacial lake and passes along the beautiful summit of Cholatse and Taboche and the small Chola glacier.
You walk towards Ama Dablam but then, following the contour of the hill, you veer off towards the North and eventually descend into the valley (it's really the end of the Khumbu glacier) and reach the settlement Lobuche a bit later.

We have now rejoined the main trail to Everest Base Camp so there is a little bit more traffic.

Lobuche is not a very attractive place - windy, cold and rather smelly so if you are not too tired it is much better to continue (another 3 hours at the most) to Gorak Shep. It will also considerably shorten the walk to Everest Base Camp tomorrow.

The path continues gently up the valley then climbs steeply into the moraine of the Khumbu glacier.

The views are geting better and better with Pumori getting closer and the West face of Nuptse towering above you.

Gorak Shep is located at 5140m and is the highest camp on this trek. It often gets quite cold at night, -20C is not unusual even in October.

 

 

 

 

Looking back towards the Cho La

 

Cholatse 6440m

 

 
 

Cholatse (right) and Taboche (left) and the small glacial lake below Dzongla

 

 

Cholatse

 

 

Walking towards the Khumbu valley (with Ama Dablam in front)

 

 
Before reaching Lobuche with Pumori (7161m) in front

 

 

The settlement of Lobuche (and Pumori above)

 

 
Ascent towards Gorak Shep

 

 

Pumori with, in front of it, Kala Patar (5545m)

 

 

Pumori with, in front of it, Kala Patar (5545m)

 

 

Camp in Gorak Shep

 

 

Sunset on the Khumbu glacier - in the middle the Lho La and Changtse (7543m) and Nuptse (7861m) on the right

 

 
 

Khumbu glacier at sunset

 

 

Everest (back left) and Nuptse (top right) at sunset

 

 

 

 

Last light on Everest and Nuptse (front right)

 

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