Climbing Gokyo Ri
01.04.2012 - 01.04.2012 16 °C
Gokyo settlement sits in the shadow of a small mountain called Gokyo Ri standing at 5357m above sea level. Out target today would be to climb it for what we were told would be stunning views of Everest and the surrounding mountains. By this time however you become a bit blasé about mountain views with even one or two of a group suggesting the couldn’t be bothered. However we all got up dutifully at 6 am had a quick breakfast and were out on our way up the 567m climb to the top.
The clouds of the previous day had departed and the sun shone on us as we gradually made height. It was a tough tough climb as we toiled up the rocky slopes. After two hours the summit cairns and prayer flags came into site and we had made it. And what of the view? It was stunning; we stayed up there for about an hour, resting in the sun, taking pictures and just enjoying experiencing this glory of creation. Everyone felt brighter, not just because we had made it, but because it was such a privilege to experience the wonder of the scenery. The return journey only took about 45 minutes and we still had a couple of hours before lunch.
After the walk of the previous day four of us decided to explore the lower lakes of the Gokyo valley. Lake two was still frozen but lake one was now clear of ice and the clear waters snowmelt waters were glistening in the sunshine. It was a time to relax and explore the many cairns built by pilgrims and trekkers to this lonely valley.