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Everest Photo Gallery - Trek To Everest East Kangshung Face with views of Lhotse, Makalu, and Chomolonzo.

Everest Photo Gallery from early October 1998

11 2 Jerome Ryan With Kangshung Glacier Leading To Lhotse And Everest Kangshung East Faces From Just Before Hoppo Camp After my pack lunch, I continued across the upward slanting very loose scree slope, rounded a corner and there it was as big as life, the full view of the east faces of both Lhotse to Everest. WOW!

11 2 Jerome Ryan With Kangshung Glacier Leading To Lhotse And Everest Kangshung East Faces From Just Before Hoppo Camp

11 3 Chomolonzo North Face From Just Before Hoppo Camp Chomolonzo towered directly across the Kama Valley.

11 3 Chomolonzo North Face From Just Before Hoppo Camp

11 4 Chomolonzo North Face Close Up From Just Before Hoppo Camp The main summit of Chomolonzo (7790m) is on the left, and Chomolonzo Central (7540m) on the right.

11 4 Chomolonzo North Face Close Up From Just Before Hoppo Camp

11 5 Lhotse And Everest Kangshung East Faces From Just Before Hoppo Camp Here is my first full view of the Lhotse East Face and Everest Kangshung East Face from the Kama Valley in Tibet.

11 5 Lhotse And Everest Kangshung East Faces From Just Before Hoppo Camp

11 6 Lhotse East Face Close Up From Just Before Hoppo Camp Here is a close up of the Lhotse East Face, the South Col, and a bit of the Everest Kangshung East Face from the Kama Valley in Tibet.

11 6 Lhotse East Face Close Up From Just Before Hoppo Camp

11 7 Everest Kangshung East Face Close Up From Just Before Hoppo Camp Here is a close up of the South Col and the Everest Kangshung East Face from the Kama Valley in Tibet.

11 7 Everest Kangshung East Face Close Up From Just Before Hoppo Camp

11 8 Hoppo Camp Near Everest Kangshung East Face We stopped at Hoppo (4800m) campsite for two nights, set in a green meadow beside a small stream with abundant beautiful star shaped light blue flowers. We all anxiously went to bed early anticipating the next day, which would be the highlight of the entire trip. I think we all hoped for clear weather and not to suffer from altitude sickness.

11 8 Hoppo Camp Near Everest Kangshung East Face

12 01 Lhotse East Face Close Up At Sunrise From Hoppo Camp I was up early the next morning at our camp at Hoppo, and was able to see the three summits of Lhotse East Face at sunrise – Lhotse Shar, Lhotse Middle, and the main summit.

12 01 Lhotse East Face Close Up At Sunrise From Hoppo Camp

12 02 Lhotse And Everest Kangshung East Faces From Hoppo Camp Early Morning Lhotse East Face and Everest Kangshung East Face shone bright white just after sunrise from our Hoppo campsite in the Kama Valley.

12 02 Lhotse And Everest Kangshung East Faces From Hoppo Camp Early Morning

12 03 Chomolonzo North Face From Hoppo Camp Early Morning The Chomolonzo northern wall was quite beautiful just after sunrise from our Hoppo campsite in the Kama Valley, with pinkish fog silhouetted along the bottom and the top glistening white in the early morning sun. Chomolonzo Main (7790m) is on the left, then Chomolonzo Central (7540m) and Chomolonzo North (7199m) on the far right. Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy were the first to climb Chomolonzo on October 30, 1954 on their Makalu reconnaissance.

12 03 Chomolonzo North Face From Hoppo Camp Early Morning

12 04 Chomolonzo Close Up From Kama Valley In Tibet Here is a close up of the Chomolonzo Main (7790m) summit on the left and the Chomolonzo Central (7540m) summit in the middle just after sunrise from our Hoppo campsite in the Kama Valley.

12 04 Chomolonzo Close Up From Kama Valley In Tibet

12 05 Lhotse East Face And Everest Kangshung East Face From Kama Valley In Tibet About an hour from Hoppo we came to a wide-open broad grassy spot that Ram told us was Makalu Base Camp, although I’m not aware of any climbs starting from that spot. The view to Lhotse East Face and Everest Kangshung East Face was awesome! On the far left are Pethangtse (6738m), Shartse (7502m), and Peak 38 (7589m, also called Shartse II).

12 05 Lhotse East Face And Everest Kangshung East Face From Kama Valley In Tibet

12 06 Lhotse East Face From Kama Valley In Tibet Here is a close up of Pethangtse (6738m), Shartse (7502m), Peak 38 (7589m, also called Shartse II), Lhotse Shar (8400m), Lhotse Middle (8413m), Lhotse (8501m), and the South Col (8000m) from Makalu Base Camp in the Kama Valley in Tibet.

12 06 Lhotse East Face From Kama Valley In Tibet

12 07 Lhotse East Face Close Up From Kama Valley In Tibet Here is a close up of Peak 38 (7589m, also called Shartse II), Lhotse Shar (8400m), Lhotse Middle (8413m), Lhotse (8501m), and the South Col (8000m) from Makalu Base Camp in the Kama Valley in Tibet.

12 07 Lhotse East Face Close Up From Kama Valley In Tibet

12 08 Everest Kangshung East Face From Kama Valley In Tibet Here is the South Col (8000m) and Everest Kangshung East Face from Makalu Base Camp in the Kama Valley in Tibet. The British mountaineer George Mallory passed through Kharta in 1921 trying to crack Everest’s defenses. He continued up the Kharta Valley and when he saw the Kangshung Face, he commented: “other men, less wise, might attempt this way if they would, but, emphatically, it is not for us”. It was for Stephen Venables who climbed it in 1988.

12 08 Everest Kangshung East Face From Kama Valley In Tibet

12 09 Everest Kangshung East Face Close Up From Kama Valley In Tibet Here is a close up of South Col (8000m) and Everest Kangshung East Face from Makalu Base Camp in the Kama Valley in Tibet.

12 09 Everest Kangshung East Face Close Up From Kama Valley In Tibet

12 10 Chomolonzo, Kanchungtse, Makalu, Chago , Pethangtse, Shartse, Lhotse East Face, Everest Kangshung East Face From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet At the end of our trek at Everest Kangshung East Base Camp, we had what I think is one of the best mountain vistas in the world. On my far left the peaks of Chomolonzo were stacked behind each other, followed by Kanchungtse (7672m, which is also called Makalu II) leading to the Makalu La and up to the Makalu summit, then Chago (6860m) leading to the beautiful pyramid of Pethangtse (6738m) with the Shartse Glacier lapping at its feet. After dipping down to the 6177m Shar La, the ridge rises to Shartse (7502m), Peak 38 (7589m, also called Shartse II) and continues to Lhotse Shar, Lhotse Middle and Lhotse, drops to the South Col (8000m), climbs the Everest South East Ridge to the Everest South Summit, the 10m high Hillary Step and on to the summit of Everest at 8850m. The Everest North East Ridge drops down from the summit past the third, second and first steps before meeting the extremely difficult Pinnacles.

12 10 Chomolonzo, Kanchungtse, Makalu, Chago , Pethangtse, Shartse, Lhotse East Face, Everest Kangshung East Face From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet

12 11 Pethangtse From Before And At Everest East Base Camp In Tibet As we trekked towards the Everest Kanghsung East Face Base Camp, Pethangtse (6738m) slowly separated itself from the surrounding peaks, looking very much like a perfect pyramid mountain. Pethangtse is sometimes likened to the classic Matterhorn on the Swiss Italian border, with the Shartse Glacier lapping at its feet. The 1921 British Everest Expedition named this mountain after the Pethang Ringmo campsite where the British were camped.

12 11 Pethangtse From Before And At Everest East Base Camp In Tibet

12 12 Chomolonzo Close Up From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet Chomolonzo North (7199m), Chomolonzo Central (7540m) and Chomolonzo Main (7790m) summits bunched together seen from the Everest Kangshung East Base Camp.

12 12 Chomolonzo Close Up From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet

12 13 Kanchungtse and Makalu North Face Close Up From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet Kanchungtse (7672m, also called Makalu II) leads to the Makalu La and up to the Makalu summit seen from the Everest Kangshung East Base Camp – a brilliant view!

12 13 Kanchungtse and Makalu North Face Close Up From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet

12 14 Lhotse Shar, Lhotse Middle, And Lhotse Main Close Up From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8516m. The 1921 British Everest Expedition named the peak Lhotse, which was a direct translation from the Tibetan for South Peak (of Everest). The three jagged peaks of Lhotse were brilliantly clear beginning with Lhotse Shar (8400m) on the left, Lhotse Middle (8413m) and the Lhotse main summit on the right. Lhotse was first climbed by a Swiss expedition in May 1956, Lhotse Shar by an Austrian team in 1970, and it was only in 2001 that a Russian expedition climbed Lhotse and managed the difficult traverse along the 1km ridge to Lhotse Middle.

12 14 Lhotse Shar, Lhotse Middle, And Lhotse Main Close Up From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet

12 15 South Col Close Up From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet Lhotse drops down to the South Col (8000m), the wide saddle between Lhotse and Everest and the highest col in the world.

12 15 South Col Close Up From Everest East Base Camp In Tibet

12 16 Ram, Jerome Ryan, Chris, And Gerhardt At Everest East Base Camp In Tibet Ram, Jerome Ryan, Chris, and Gerhardt pose in front of Lhotse East Face and Everest Kangshung East Face from the end of our trek at the Everest Kangshung East Base Camp in the Kama Valley in Tibet.

12 16 Ram, Jerome Ryan, Chris, And Gerhardt At Everest East Base Camp In Tibet

12 17 Gerhardt, Rajin, Jerome Ryan, Tashi, Ram, Chris, Jan, Ben And Shane With Chomolonzo and Makalu From Near Everest East Base Camp In Tibet After about two hours the clouds started to cover Everest’s face, so the four of us decided to head back. We walked to the British Camp and were surprised to meet Shane, Jan, Ben, Rajin, and Tashi sitting and talking to the British Camp Nepalese. We took another team photo: Gerhardt, Rajin, Jerome Ryan, Tashi, Ram, Chris, Jan, Ben and Shane with Chomolonzo and Makalu behind.

12 17 Gerhardt, Rajin, Jerome Ryan, Tashi, Ram, Chris, Jan, Ben And Shane With Chomolonzo and Makalu From Near Everest East Base Camp In Tibet

13 1 Trekking From Hoppo To Pethang Camp We trekked for three hours back to our Hoppo camp, had a quick dinner, and fell asleep after what was simply one of the best days of my life. The next morning we leisurely left camp and trekked back down valley to our next campsite at Pethang (4550m).

13 1 Trekking From Hoppo To Pethang Camp

14 1 Yak Herders And Egg Lady, Jerome Ryan Drinking Tea At Pethang camp As I drank my milk-tea the next morning, I watched “The Egg Lady” start their fire with small branches and pieces of wood, and cooked in blackened pots balanced between rocks. She wore the typical Tibetan chuba, a black robe reaching from her shoulders to the top of her flimsy green Chinese sneakers, held together with a wide belt made of multi-coloured cloth on the back and silvery metal on the front, a long dark apron, and bright green long sleeved top. Her hair was braided and held in a bun with a coloured piece of cloth. The other six were still under their blankets beneath the tarp, all huddled close together sleeping head to head crossways.

14 1 Yak Herders And Egg Lady, Jerome Ryan Drinking Tea At Pethang camp

14 2 Resting On Trek To Camp Below Langma La With Chomolonzo As we prepared to leave, the British group passed us and started the ascent to the base of the Langma La. I fell in behind Stephen Venables and started as well. We rested on a slope, with brownish shrubs all around, with the Central and North summits of Chomolonzo across the valley. I sat down with Chris and chatted amiably with Stephen. He told us the group had a lot of trouble on the Kangshung Glacier and only made it half way to Advanced Base Camp. He was really impressed with Bill Norton, who kept up with the much younger trekkers and was always climbing some side crag whenever they stopped.

14 2 Resting On Trek To Camp Below Langma La With Chomolonzo

14 3 Camp Below Langma La, Jerome Ryan With Toilet Tent And Langma La As we started again, the two groups intermingled. The two groups camped together next to a lake at the base of the Langma La with the mostly white Rabkar Glacier taking a 90-degree turn as it petered out across from our camp.

14 3 Camp Below Langma La, Jerome Ryan With Toilet Tent And Langma La

15 1 Mountains Reflected In Shurim Tso Lake From Below Langma La The next morning we passed by the Shurim Tso lake, its turquoise water hemmed in by the rock headwalls that lead to the Langma La.

15 1 Mountains Reflected In Shurim Tso Lake From Below Langma La

15 2 Trail To Langma La, Lhotse And Everest, Makalu And Chomolonzo, Yaks Near Langma La After passing the Shurim Tso lake, the trail climbs up a steep rocky slope, with views to Lhotse and Everest, and Makalu and Chomolonzo across the valley.

15 2 Trail To Langma La, Lhotse And Everest, Makalu And Chomolonzo, Yaks Near Langma La

15 3 Jerome Ryan On Langma La With Lhotse And Everest East Faces Jerome Ryan arrived at the Langma La (5330m) and Chris took my photo next to the chorten and prayer flags that mark the high pass.

15 3 Jerome Ryan On Langma La With Lhotse And Everest East Faces

15 4 Lhotse East Face And Everest Kangshung East Face From Langma La In Tibet Lhotse East Face and Everest Kangshung East Face glisten in the mid-morning sun from the Langma La (5360m).

15 4 Lhotse East Face And Everest Kangshung East Face From Langma La In Tibet

15 5 Everest Kangshung East Face Close Up From Langma La In Tibet Here is a close up of the Everest Kangshung East Face and the Northeast Ridge in the mid-morning sun from the Langma La (5360m).

15 5 Everest Kangshung East Face Close Up From Langma La In Tibet

15 6 Makalu North Face And Chomolonzo From Langma La In Tibet The Makalu North Face and the three summits of Chomolonzo were perfectly visible across the Kama valley from the Langma La.

15 6 Makalu North Face And Chomolonzo From Langma La In Tibet

15 7 Tashi And Jerome Ryan On Langma La, Trail From Langma La To Our Camp Around noon, after sitting on the Langma La pass for over two hours, I decided to continue, the rocky path plunging in zigzags before flattening out, and plunging again on a slippery scree slope to a one kilometre long beautiful green lake flowing over the lip to a place at the base of the pass. This place was aptly named Lhatse (4900m). As I continued, I could see both camps were already set up about 500m apart, well below the trail. About two and a half hours after leaving the pass, I strolled into camp.

15 7 Tashi And Jerome Ryan On Langma La, Trail From Langma La To Our Camp

16 1 Trail Back To Kharta Camp The next morning we continued down the uninhabited valley walking alongside the little river flowing from the lake I had passed the previous day. We turned right as we entered the Kharta Valley again, and smiled as we entered the first village we had seen in many days. A woman was drying enormous clumps of hay on the top of an animal enclosure, while children ran up to us. The truck driver and three Landcruiser drivers waved as we walked back to our first campsite.

16 1 Trail Back To Kharta Camp

17 1 Tashi Pays Yak Herders, Jerome Ryan Throws Rocks Into Kharta Chu, Looking Back At Road To Kharta, Shane And Jerome Ryan Enjoy A Soft Drink At Peruche The next morning I watched Tashi pay each of the Tibetans. I walked to the edge of the river, and threw some rocks in the river. One of the boys popped his head up from the book to see what I was doing. I don’t know if this is a common pastime here, but before you know it, he was standing next to me throwing rocks. The rest soon followed and we had a great time splashing the rocks in the river, throwing them across the river, and trying to hit specific boulders that stuck out of the water. We waved goodbye and jumped into the Landcruisers to start our drive to Everest’s North Base Camp near the Rongbuk monastery. At Peruche Shane and I enjoyed our first soft drink in a couple of weeks.

17 1 Tashi Pays Yak Herders, Jerome Ryan Throws Rocks Into Kharta Chu, Looking Back At Road To Kharta, Shane And Jerome Ryan Enjoy A Soft Drink At Peruche