There was a 350.org environmental demo in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, and I took a photo of it. It’s followed by a couple of videos with photos from the whole Nepal trip that were posted on YouTube to wrap up the Nepal leg of the t25y journey. Next stop is Cuba.
The next day was another relaxing one, and I just walked to the other side of the third lake, where there is a kind of beach. The first photo is looking back at the Gokyo lodges across the lake.
Gokyo to Pangboche
The next day I started the return journey; returning on the route of the outward trek until Phortse Tanga. Then it was a left turn to Pangboche, where I overnighted at a lodge run by a Sherpa who had climbed Everest several times. There were photos of him on the peak in the dining room.
The first photo below is of sunrise on the mountains in the morning. Looking up what mountain it is I today, nearly five years later, realised it’s the Everest range from the other side to Gokyo.
Can you spot the horse in the second photo?
The third photo is looking back at Pangboche, with Ama Dablam to its side, and the Everest range behind it.
Tengboche to Lukla
The first photo below also looks back at Ama Dablam and the Everest range, but from Tengboche, where I overnighted.
The final photo is from Lukla, which is either the trek beginning or end, or both, if you fly Lukla-Kathmandu-Lukla.
My Stockholm article from the Norway – Sweden trip that ended the twenty-five years of travel featured in this blog, and started off this blog, has now been published on travelthruhistory.com. The main article in this month’s issue of the website is about Kathmandu, Nepal.
Kathmandu to Gokyo
My Nepal journey started in Kathmandu. I took a bus to Jiri and trekked for about a week to the Everest national park. I had now reached Machhermo, a day away from the target destination of Gokyo.
A night trip to the outside toilet revealed a clear sky full of stars. Moreover, the mountains were silhouetted, and I tried to take a photo of them.
Machhermo Photo and Video
The sunrise lighting up the mountain peaks in the morning, above frosty fields of yaks, inspired a video:
Machhermo to Gokyo Photos
I also took some photos, posted below, starting with Machhermo Peak from the village in the morning.
The second photo looks back down the valley, with Thamserku and saddle-peak Kangtega in the middle distance.
The steep sided mountain in the third and fifth photos is Cholatse. Its southern neighbour is Taboche. A hiker passes a yak herd in the fifth.
All five of those mountains are between 6000 and 7000 metres. Everest is about 8800 metres.
The fourth photo is of the Dudh Koshi river, running through the valley.
It was a few hours of enjoyable walking to Gokyo, and the next blog will feature photos of Gokyo’s lakes as the destination is reached.
Leaving Namche Bazaar (3400 metres) at dawn it was quite a steep short hike up the mountain above and then down to green-roofed Khumjung. From there Ama Dablam was visible. It is widely regarded as the most beautiful of the Everest park mountains, and I agree.
Ama Dablam reminds me of the sphinx. The first three photos below are of the mountain and Khumjung.
Namche Bazaar to Dhole
From Khumjung it was another tough climb over the Mong-La pass, before a downhill to match, and then a steady up and down walk to Dhole (4040 metres). Some of it was through forestry.
After finding a lodge I started feeling ill after ordering food! I was bed-ridden with stomach and sickness problems for the next day.
On the sixth day of a Nepal Himalayas Everest trek from Jiri to Gokyo, leaving Nunthala it was downhill to a bridge above where the Deku Khola and Dudh Koshi rivers met.
Nepal Everest View Trek Photos
The first photo looks back at the Deku Khola valley, and the second was the view ahead, up the Dudh Koshi valley. Then it was uphill to Paiya.
Along the way, I happened upon a battle between a tarantula hawk (pompilid) and a tarantula; and later on a lighter note, a colourful bird in forestry.
Leaving Junbesi on the fifth day of a Jiri-Gokyo trek I took a photo of the monastery visited the previous day. It was then a downhill before crossing the Taktor Khola valley to Ringmu. The previous afternoon’s trek was visible from the cafe I had lunch at with a few Europeans who’d also left Junbesi that morning. A stupa and prayer flags brightened the greenygrey valley view. Then the path led up to Taksindu. A waterfall and puppies led down to Nunthala, and the end of the day’s trek.
Everest View Nepal Trek Photos
In Junbesi, at the end of day 4 on a Jiri-Gokyo Everest view trek, a European couple who’d also stayed overnight in Goyom after trekking from Kinja asked their guide/porter to visit the main monastery.
Junbesi, Nepal, Photos
The guide/porter arranged a meeting with the lama, and a rainbow appeared behind him soon after he joined us.
Junbesi was the biggest community since Jiri, and many trekkers were staying two nights there.
I saw a colourful strange bird on the washing-line from the Apple Garden lodge and made it out to take the third from bottom photo.
I later found out it’s a hoopoe, and there’s a couple of zoomed photos at the end.
The first day of the 100-mile Jiri-Gokyo Everest views trek was a tough three mountains rollercoaster, with lots of steep inclines and declines; I think over the highest peak in the first photo: in the left hand corner as viewed.
Nepal Trek Shivalaya Photos
Shivalaya was reached around lunchtime, and the woman in the fourth photo provided a free tea. The day’s hike ended by torchlight in Bhandar after dark. There were lots of ‘namaste’ greetings along the way. Here’s some photos: