Day 7: Thak Nak through Cho La Pass to Dzongla
We woke up very early to have the last chance of Cho-Oyu view. It required some steep 200 climb, but gave us good shots of both Phelilapche and Cho-Oyu faces.
After this great photoshoot we started walking towards Cho La pass. Some tourists warned us yesterday that they personally encountered some difficulties to read the map and that the pass entrance might be steeper coming from our side. The first part of the trek was easy and gave us the impression that we are almost at the top of the pass, but we have quickly realized that it’s still very far. We had to descend 200m and start ascending again, more of scrambling than hiking to be honest. We made it after few hours. The view on Lobuche and both valleys was stunning. We met Polish climbers expedition at the top. They were preparing for Lobuche, Cholatse and Manaslu climbs. It was great to meet some people with real goals vs a herd of goretex yaks with their guides and day backpacks only.
While descending, we got lost on a glacier morraine, but thanks to the weather that day we managed to see our final destination, Dzongla, even from far away. We continued our walk with a constant Ama Dablam view (stunning).
In Dzongla, we stayed in Maison Sherpa guesthouse, again the only hikers in the village. Our room was big and clean. It was the first and last night we did not use our sleeping bags. The evening was full of masala tea, some momos and watching village people gathering in the cozy and warm lodge.
Day 8: Dzongla do Gorak Shep
Next day, from the early morning, we started walking towards Gorak Shep and reached it after 6h.
This part was not steep neither exhausting. The only unexpected part was a glacier moraine close to Gorak Shep, but it did not take long to pass it. Gorak was completely empty with zero tourists. We decided to take Buddha Lodge and again lack of hesitation paid off with good food, comfy room and warm lodge. We went to the bed very early, planning to wake up at 3AM and start walking towards Kala Pathar’s sunrise.
Dinner in Buddha Lodge, Gorak Shep