Himalayas trekking in pictures

Rara Lake to Dolpo trek 2018 - page 3

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Page 3 shows the next 5 days of our trek

We crossed the 5414m Yala La (high but easier as acclimatization gets better) then spent two nights at Pung Kharka (4700m) because of unforeseen delays.
This was followed by a very long walk to Pho via the 5585m Nyingma Gyanzen La. That pass crossing essentiaily involves a total of 1200m of ascent and 1800m of descent. This is pretty massive at this altitude but cannot be split because there is no water at all along the way (at least not in the autumn). We arrived at Pho in the dark. Fortunately two people in our crew had crossed that pass before and knew how to navigate the final descent to Pho otherwise we would probably not have found it in the dark. Again unforeseen delays forced us to spend two days in Pho. Not a bad thing after the very long previous day.
Pho is one of the most remote villages in Nepal and consists of 14 households (around 80 inhabitants) living in stone houses at 4080m. With the nearest (dirt) road almost a week's walk away life is tough but people seem happy and healthy and the houses are in good condition (probably some wealth from yartsa gumba which nowadays sells for incredible prices in China).

  • Heading towards the Yala La 5414m
  • Heading towards the Yala La 5414m
  • Heading towards the Yala La 5414m
  • Looking back towards the Chyangli Khola
  • A break on the way
  • Heading towards the Yala La 5414m
  • Heading towards the Yala La 5414m
  • Heading towards the Yala La 5414m
  • Heading towards the Yala La 5414m
  • Heading towards the Yala La 5414m
  • At the top of the Yala La 5414m
  • The way down the pass
  • Panorama of the Swakas Khola valley. Tibet on the left, Pung Kharka on the right
  • View towards Tibet in the North
  • Yaks grazing
  • Yaks grazing
  • Yak staring at me and telling me not to come any closer
  • Yak staring at me and telling me not to come any closer
  • Yak staring at me and telling me not to come any closer
  • Walking towards Pung Kharka
  • Walking towards Pung Kharka
  • A helicopter whisking off one of our group members to Kathmandu
  • A helicopter whisking off one of our group members to Kathmandu
  • Pung Kharka camp
  • Washing day at Pung Kharka
  • Washing day at Pung Kharka
  • Washing day at Pung Kharka
  • Heading down the Swaksa Khola
  • Walking out of the valley
  • Heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La
  • Heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La
  • On the way to the pass looking back towards Tibet
  • On the way to the pass looking back towards Tibet
  • Heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La
  • Heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La
  • Heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La - view to the South-West
  • Heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La
  • Our mules heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La
  • Our mules heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La
  • Our mules heading up the Nyingma Gyanzen La
  • Nearly at the top
  • Nyingma Gyanzen La 5585m
  • Nyingma Gyanzen La 5585m
  • Descending from the Nyingma Gyanzen La at sunset
  • Descending from the Nyingma Gyanzen La at sunset
  • Descending from the Nyingma Gyanzen La at sunset
  • Descending from the Nyingma Gyanzen La at sunset
  • Descending from the Nyingma Gyanzen La at sunset
  • Pho village
  • Houses in Pho
  • Children in Pho
  • Children in Pho
  • Children in Pho
  • Children in Pho
  • Family in Pho
  • Namaste
  • Namaste
  • Namaste
  • Young girl
  • Daily life
  • Daily life
  • Daily life
  • Daily life
  • Daliy life: carrying water
  • Weaving
  • Life on the roof
  • House in Pho
  • Pho village
  • Pho village
  • Pho village
  • Chorten near Pho
  • Chough
  • Himalayan vulture
  • Himalayan vulture
  • Himalayan vulture
  • Laemmergeier - Bearded vulture
  • Laemmergeier - Bearded vulture
  • Yambur Danda - our next day's walk
  • Yambur Danda
  • Looking across the deep valley at the Yanbur Danda
  • Looking across the deep valley at the Yanbur Danda
  • View from Pho looking West. Our walk tomorrow
 

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