The day started with about 3mm (~1/8″) of ice on the inside of our room window. In the room it was freezing cold, although that is nothing new in the tea houses and frankly, i like it that way. An opportunity for the sleeping bag to pull its weight. We got up early, had breakfast.The inn-keeper of our tea-house. He was a really cool dude. He had three women working for him running the show, which allowed him to “sleep in” behind the counter. He was a great host and we had two great afternoons and evenings filled with conversations in this tea-house.Morning at Gokyo Lake Morning at Gokyo Lake with stupa. Hello darling, have we had a good night?
After breakfast and after I had spent enough time admiring our most excellent surroundings we headed up Gokyo Ri. Ascending Gokyo Ri is deceiving. It looks so close and easy, but then again you start at 4700m and you need to ascend 650m. In addition, you want to arrive on top with great visibility and on top of that, if you are wired like me, you turn an ascent like this into an athletic competition, a way to physically prove yourself…..which seems to become more important to me as I age.Some where between Gokyo with its beautiful and “refreshing”lake and the summit of Gokyo Ri. We pushed on talking less and breathing more until we finally reached the summit (under 2 hours, for those of you who are interested).The pyramid in the center is the big one Mt Everest. Next to it you see Nuptse and Lhotse. And a little more to the right, the pyramid is Makalu followed by the Lobuche peaks. The view was unforgettable.Makalu and prayer flags. Mt Everest and prayer flags. The massive that is Cho Oyu. Barbra enjoying the Grande Cinema – really so cool to have been there and to have done this.Panorama 1 From Gokyo Ri Panorama 2 from Gokyo Ri from Mt Everest to Cholatse.
Yes, you are right, we are already at the end of this entry.
Take care, stay sharp
Cheers Markus \m/