This Friday I’m featuring a shot from Cho La Pass in the Himalayas taken by Lotte from the Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog.
Photo Story: Cho La Pass in Nepal
Hiking in the Himalayas.
Hiking to the Everest Base Camp had been on my bucket list for years. I mean, the Himalayas are the tallest mountains in the world and to see mighty Mount Everest up close was something I could only dream about.
Until the spring of 2017 that is, when I finally made my dream become a reality and hiked from Jiri to the Everest Base Camp, together with my husband Frank.
But even though hiking to Everest Base Camp was a once in a lifetime experience, it certainly wasn’t easy… Yes, it may look like a dream in this picture, but let me share with you the reality of the day this picture was taken.
My alarm went off at 5 o’clock in the morning and I had to force myself to get up from under the pile of warm blankets and put on my freezing cold and smelly clothes (which I had been wearing for 2 weeks already).
After a quick breakfast in the equally freezing common room, it was time to leave. We had to conquer the Cho La Pass and it’s crucial to be at the top before 9 am. The trail leads over a glacier and the later in the day it gets, the more slippery and dangerous the trail becomes.
It was a very steep ascent to the Cho La Pass and we struggled to climb over the big boulders with our 10kg backpacks strapped on. But after a challenging 2,5 hours, we made it to the Cho La Pass. When you get to the top there is always a moment of euphoria and of course amazing views.
However, after a short rest inevitably the time comes to hike down the steep slopes covered with screen. Slowly we navigated our way down and breathed a sigh of relief when we got to the end of the descent.
Only to discover we had to hike back up another mountain. That’s the moment your muscles start to protest, and you must put mind over body. But when I made it to the top of this mountain I got to admire the view in the picture. And that made it all worthwhile…
Note: that day we hiked from Dzhongla to Gokyo. Our total hiking time was 7 hours and 45 minutes, we ascended 590 meters and descended 670 meters.
Cho La Pass is a summit pass located 5,420 metres above sea level in the Solukhumbu District in northeastern Nepal. It connects the village of Dzongla (4,830 metres) to the east and the village of Thagnak (4,700 metres) to the west.
The pass is on the Gokyo trail in the Khumbu Everest region. To the west the trail continues to the Gokyo Lakes, crossing the Ngozumpa glacier on the way. To the east the trail joins the Everest Base Camp trek.
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