Coordinates 3200

Uploaded January 17, 2020

Recorded November 2019

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near Chola, Province 1 (Nepal)

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Stage 11 of the Trekking of the Three Steps of Everest

November 27, 2019.

Stage 11 - Dzonglha (4,830 m) - Cho La Pass (5,420 m) - Dragnag - Ngozumpa Glacier - Gokyo (4,760 m)


This is one of the most beautiful and hardest stages of the entire Trekking.
Ascent to Cho La Pass , crossing the huge Ngozumpa Glacier , and arrival at the town of Gokyo , nestled in a beautiful place, where we will spend 2 days.

Technical data :

• Distance: 13 km.
• Difficulty: Difficult.
• Time in motion: 5h, 40m.
• Total time with stops: 9h, 55m (stops for food at Cho La and tea at Dragnag).
• Type of surface: Path, dirt road, ice in the Cho Glacier)
• Ascent slope: 940 m. ( Real value )
• Descent slope: 1003 m. ( Real value )
• Minimum height: 4,670 m. (Dragnag).
• Maximum height: 5,420 m. (Cho La Pass).
• Marking: Marked (Ngozumpa Glacier circles and flags).

Description of the route:



One more night with freezing temperature in the room. Luckily we put the Camelback between the clothes so that the water did not freeze.

We get up around 4:30 to be able to face the second hardest stage of the Trek with guarantees, the passage through Cho La at 5,420 m .



We left with the frontals to be able to follow the path parallel to the stream well.
This first section of about 2.5 km until crossing the stream, is a gentle and gradual climb.



At sunrise, it was impressive to see the ridges of the Ama Dablam and Cholatse mountains illuminated with the first rays of the sun.



We were already more than 5,000 m. We had 300 m of elevation gain to reach the beginning of the Cho Glacier . In that part of the route, we had some trepadilla than another, in a channel with large blocks of stones.



We reached the glacier and put on our crampons to be able to cross it with ease. The snow was very hard, and we did not want to have any mishap. Although I have to say, Alejandro and the Sherpas did not carry, but with caution they crossed perfectly. Krishna told us that the Sherpas were used to moving on this type of terrain and that we did not worry about them. I believe that, on this occasion, they were necessary. One slip, and you go down. They told me that every year there are accidents in the Cho La pass , some of them fatal due to being trusted. In April 2017, 2 people died, and a third disappeared. The best, take crampons.



We took some photos in the center of the glacier. There was less left to reach the first objective.



To facilitate the ascent of the glacier to the Cho La Pass pass , they have placed a steel cord that helps a lot. Especially if the stone is icy.


We are at 5,420 m, and the second step of the Trekking achieved.



We took a short break to enjoy the impressive views of both slopes, and eat something to regain strength. It has been 4 hours including stops since we left Dzonglha .



We took some photos to immortalize the moment.
The temperature was -6º, although the thermal sensation was much lower due to the strong gusts of air.





We resumed our march, going down the path marked in the moraine, aided by steel cords and handrails, since in some sections the stones slip and it was very vertical.



After the hard descent we crossed a small hill marked with a flag. Looking at Cho La Pass from there, it seems incredible that there is a downhill path.



We continue down parallel to the gorge until we reach the small village of Dragnag . We have tea in one of the lodges , and we continue our way close to the Ngozumpa Glacier . We deviate about 2 km following the flags and the signs of the Sherpas. Our destination Gokyo , was on the other side of the glacier.



This glacier is the longest in the Himalayas , and much wider than the one we passed from the Khumbu a few days ago.



I don't remember exactly how much time we spent crossing it, but I estimate it would be almost 2 hours from Dragnac . It is a seesaw of small hills.



As soon as we left the glacier, we could already see the spectacular view of Gokyo . On the shores of the Lake and surrounded by mountains. One of them Gokyo Ri , with its 5,357 m that we climbed two days later.
Gokyo is a small town in the Solukhumbu district in the Himalayas, Nepal, 1 at the foot of the Gokyo Ri2 and on the eastern shore of the Gokyo Tsho (Dudh Pokhari) lake. 3

The town has several stone houses and several hotels. It is located at an altitude of 4,750 meters, making it one of the highest altitude settlements in Nepal, and in the world. It is only inhabited in spring and autumn, as a lodging service for hikers and climbers, it is the last town before reaching the Cho Oyu Base Camp.





We arrived in Gokyo around 15:30. The Hotel we chose was terrific. On the edge of the lake, with great views from the living room and bedroom windows.



The rooms had a bathroom and we were able to take a warm shower because the temperature was good. As every day we prepare the water for the next stage. The next day the approach to Cho Oyu Base Camp was due , although the forecasts were not good.
Before dinner, so as not to lose our habit, we take out our 150 gram blister of Iberian ham as an aperitif, which we share with our Sherpas friends. We were the center of attention in the entire room.
Then we have dinner, and like every day at 8:00 p.m. they turn off the stove. There is no other option but to go to bed, get into the sack quickly because it's freezing cold.

The truth was that it was a spectacular stage. We will always remember the passage of Cho La .

I have to thank my colleagues for the wonderful photos and videos that passed me from the stage, so that I could upload them along with the route.

The next day approach to the Cho Oyu Base Camp .
See the Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest in the Himalayas), the lakes along the way, and if the weather improves, see the Cho Oyu , with its 8,201 m.

But that, we already tell in the next stage.


Continue with Stage 12 - - Gokyo - Approach to Cho Oyu Base Camp - Gokyo

Return to Round 10 - - Gorak Shep - Lobuche - Memorial Everest - Dzonglha

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Arroyo

River

Bajada al Glaciar

Bajada al Glaciar
Information

Bajada paralela a Garganta

Bajada paralela a Garganta
Risk

Bajada por pedrera desde el Cho La Pass

Bajada por pedrera desde el Cho La Pass
Mountain pass

Cho La Pass ( 5.420 m )

Cho La Pass ( 5.420 m )
Summit

Cholatse ( 6.440 m )

Cholatse ( 6.440 m )
Camping

Dragnag

Refuge

Dzonglha

Dzonglha
River

Glaciar Cho

Glaciar Cho
Lake

Comienzo del Glaciar Cho

Comienzo del Glaciar Cho
River

Glaciar Ngozumpa

Glaciar Ngozumpa
River

Glaciar Ngozumpa.

Glaciar Ngozumpa.
Refuge

Gokyo

Gokyo
Summit

Gokyo Ri ( 5.360 m )

Gokyo Ri ( 5.360 m )
Lake

Gokyo Tso

Gokyo Tso
Refuge

Gokyo Hotel

Gokyo Hotel

9 comments

  • Photo of Pikkard

    Pikkard May 16, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    👌👌👌👌

  • Photo of Ris Ris

    Ris Ris May 19, 2020

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    Gracias, Juan, por todo el esfuerzo de edición de fotos y vídeos que nos dejan a todos un recuerdo imborrable de esta grandiosa etapa. Poco que añadir más a la detallada descripción, solo comentar que si el Komba La Pass podría ser la etapa reina de los Alpes en el Tour, esta etapa del paso del Chola Pass sería como la etapa reina de los Pirineos. Recomiendo a todos los trekkers que tengan tiempo en su viaje que se planteen hacer el tramo de Dongla a Gokyo, es sencillamente brutal este paso del Chola Pass. Si podéis hacerlo, os recomiendo con nuestra experiencia en noviembre y con buen tiempo, llevar crampones puesto que el glaciar arriba es cara norte y la nieve estaba más o menos dura y la senda final era muy estrecha, con riesgo moderado y nada desdeñable de poder tener algún resbalón de consecuencias graves. Máxima precaución en este tramo. Muy dura etapa, a mucha altura sobre 5400 m, con unos 1000 metros de desnivel y que, en nuestro caso, y creo que con acierto, alargamos desde la aldea de Dragnac para llegar en un par o tres de horas más a Gokyo. Esta aldea de Gokyo es una maravilla que si podéis visitar es un regalo. Etapa grandiosa y final en Gokyo de ensueño. Un abrazo.

  • Photo of esanmore

    esanmore May 23, 2020

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    Esta ruta parece no acabar nunca, el glaciar del ultimo tramo muy duro pero llegar a Gokyo te hace recuperar todo. Un abrazo compis.

  • Photo of Alvaro M

    Alvaro M May 23, 2020

    Tenía muchas ganas de ver esta etapa y no me ha defraudado. Definirla como espectacular es poco. Todo impresionante, y por destacar algo, el último glaciar y el enclave de Gokyo. Además apoyado por magníficas fotos y muy ilustrativos vídeos. Enhorabuena.

  • Photo of Juan Desnivel

    Juan Desnivel May 24, 2020

    Muchas gracias a todos por vuestros comentarios.
    Las fotos y videos son gracias a la labor de todos.
    La ruta del Cho La es espectacular.
    Un abrazo,

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate Jul 22, 2020

    Una ruta espectacular, y bien difícil.
    5.400 m. es cosa seria.
    !Enhorabuena por el éxito de esta gran aventura!
    Mil gracias por compartirla.
    Un abrazo

  • Photo of Juan Desnivel

    Juan Desnivel Jul 23, 2020

    Con un poco de preparación y aclimatando bien, cualquiera lo puede hacer.
    Me alegro que te guste.
    Gracias Pablo.
    Un abrazo,

  • Photo of RETO A RETO

    RETO A RETO Sep 23, 2020

    Gracias por la dedicación en hacer esta ruta y compartirla! todo un reto!

  • Photo of Carlos Las Solanas

    Carlos Las Solanas Sep 28, 2020

    Que maravilla el paso dle Cho La Pass y la pequeña aldea de Gokyo .
    Que envidia sana.
    Espero pasar por allí algún día.
    Un abrazo Juan

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