Day 1-4: From Lukla to Gokyo Lake:
Ama Dablam, our favorite mountain on this trek. It looks like a giant ghost coming to hug you.
Thamserku peak reveals itself as clouds part momentarily
climbing up to this view
first sighting of Everest and Lhotse
Looking back at Kongde Ri from a monastery in Namche
It’s hard to appreciate how dangerous this airport is when you are sitting on a small plane and deaf from the propeller noise. But from this standpoint, oh crap, was I on that flight? Am I gonna have to fly out on this plane, too?
Clouds moving in on Taboche peak. Ama Dablam peak stands tall and clear on the right side.
Mong la in front of Taboche Peak
Walking towards Sanasa
walk walk walk
Ama Dablam behind a stupa
Sunrise from Dole
Good Morning Mt. Thamserku. We will continue to have a good view of it all the way up to Gokyo
look back at the mountains in clouds
a closer look
Oh boy, more climbing?
A closer look at the peak
looking down at colorful Namche Bazaar.
Looking down at Namche Bazaar
A rescue chopping flying by us near Mt Ama Dablam. You want to be able to get on that chopper only if necessary and hope that’s never the case.
We found Gokyo Lake
Day 5-7: Gokyo Ri to Pyramid:
A sneaky peek when the clouds scattered for a few seconds
Clouds moved in quickly. Mountains that were visible in moonlight are no longer visible at this point. You can still see a sliver of Gokyo Lake.
Gokyo lake is perfectly still like a mirror on the ground.
Cairns and flags at the top of Ri
Mt Thamserku breaking itself free from the clouds. The peaks are so jagged and beautiful.
A rescue mission at Gokyo
More tarns dotting the scree field left by receding Ngozumpa Glacier
There it is! The peaks are out and there is a lake!
Ah, clouds came back.
there were random turquoise tarns dotted randomly in the scree field left by receding Ngozumpa Glacier
then the mountains are gone
beautiful fall color
Good morning, Gokyo Lake!
Tricia busting out her sleeping bag on the high mountain while waiting for sunrise.
Moon falling behind a jagged peak
You can almost see the peaks
frosted plants on the way up Gokyo Ri
Himalayan snow cocks are ready to hang out with us, too.
Our condor friend is back
Bye bye, moon. See you tonight.
First ray of sunlight shining on the very tip of Taboche
Sunshine on the east face of Taboche
Looking back at Ama Dablam
Cold Mountains around us