Trek from Tarnak (4730m) to Gokyo (4790m) via Ngozumba glacier
30 December 2005 - Departure time: 08:40 - Arrival time: 12:40
Trekking from Tarnak to Gokyo, crossing the Ngozumba glacier moraine, a lunar landscape dominated by dunes, huge stones big like cars and frozen lakes, created by the action of the moving glacier that works like an enormous bulldozer.
Panoramic photo of Ngozumba glacier moraine. A trekking to Gokyo from Tarnak requires to cross the large Ngozumba moraine, in the middle of a spectacular lunar landscape.
The Ngozumba moraine si about two kilometers wide and it's like an enormous labyrinth with boulders big like a car, lot of dust and debris, smaller stones and small frozen lakes in the middle of the moraine.
Finding a passage through the moraine is not always easy, the rocks are also very unstable and everything looks very caotic.
Trek to Gokyo crossing a glacier moraine.
Panoramic picture of glacier moraine.
After about 2 hours, I am on the opposite side of the Ngozumba glacier.
The 2nd Gokyo lake. It is almost completely frozen, with no snow above. The Gokyo lakes have no names, but just numbers identifying them.
Trekking the final trail segment to Gokyo.
The 3rd Gokyo lake in front of Gokyo village.
Photos of Gokyo. Gokyo was used by locals as a summer base only, but now it has several good lodges open all year round for tourists.
The charming dining and bedroom in Gokyo lodge (teahouse) where I overnight. The dining room has a beautiful view on Cho Oyu (8201m).
The Gokyo lodge from outside.
Gokyo was a village important only during summer, as a base for shepheards bringing their yaks here. But recently it's getting important for tourism too because of the beautiful scenery, and it's normally open year round.
A nice sunset onto Cho Oyu, Nepal.