Trekking to Everest Base Camp – The Cho La Pass

Day 16 – 10th May 2013

The alarm woke us up at 5.00am. It was freezing outside the sleeping bag. We had to get up and prepare our stuff for the day. By 5.30am we were at breakfast after getting ready and brushing outside in the cold.

The sun wasn’t up yet. After breakfast, we departed at around 6.40am.

The first part of the trail was uphill, then we began the real ascent up the Cho La Pass. We climbed from 4,700m to 5,372m at the peak of the pass. We got to walk on a sea of snow and ice. On the other end of the pass was a steep descent on scree and rock. This treacherous and unforgiving descent took us 45 minutes.

From here we had to ascend slightly to get over the hill. On the other side of the hill we had a long winding descent down to Thangna (4,700m) for our overnight stop.

At the peak of the pass and on the way down, we got a close view of Nirekha Peak (6,159m) Cho Oyu range and a few glacial lakes.

At Thangna, we had a good stretch and lunch. Then Manoj and I went to our cabin to relax and freshen up. The different ice formations and snow on Cho La Pass were amazing.

I am looking forward to going to Gokyo and ascending Gokyo Ri.

At around 5.15pm, Manoj and I decided to go for a walk and bumped into the 2 russian girls who had been walking the same route as us today and whom we saw along the route. We ended up talking to them for 2 hours. One of them was a lawyer, whilst her friend was an accountant.

They were both very well travelled through India with fascinating stories. Both were vegetarian which was most surprising for us.

We got back to our lodge at 6.30pm.

Tonight we are the only guests at Cho La Resort. It was a good dinner and we ended up going to sleep at around 9pm.

Tomorrow is a relatively short and relaxing day.

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