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Everest Photo Gallery - Everest North Face, Everest North Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery, Pang La, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Everest Photo Gallery from September 1998

0 0 Google Earth Image Of Drive To Everest North Face Here is a Google Earth image of the drive from Tingri, over the Pang La, and on to Rongbuk Monastery and the Everest North Base Camp.

0 0 Google Earth Image Of Drive To Everest North Face

1 0 Leaving Tingri To Pang La, Stop At Chay, Tibetan Village Just after leaving Tingri, we stopped for a few minutes when our truck broke down, and then continued for 49km to our turn off for Kharta. About 15 children surrounded us when we stopped at the check post at the small village called Chay. The road, hacked out of the steep boulder strewn hill by the Chinese for their ascent of the North face in 1960, followed a zigzag pattern to the Pang La pass (5200m).

1 0 Leaving Tingri To Pang La, Stop At Chay, Tibetan Village

1 Pang La 1 Jerome Ryan Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung Kang, Cho Oyu The road to Everest North Face was hacked out of the steep boulder strewn hill by the Chinese for their first ascent of the Everest North Face in 1960. The road followed a zigzag pattern to the Pang La pass (5250m), where Jerome Ryan had a panoramic view of Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu.

1 Pang La 1 Jerome Ryan Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung Kang, Cho Oyu

1 Pang La 2 Makalu Close Up Makalu close up from the Pang La (5250m) on the way to Everest North Face.

1 Pang La 2 Makalu Close Up

1 Pang La 3 Prayer Flags Frame Lhotse and Everest North Face Prayer flags frame Lhotse and Everest North Face from the Pang La (5250m) on the way to Everest North Face.

1 Pang La 3 Prayer Flags Frame Lhotse and Everest North Face

1 Pang La 4 Lhotse and Everest North Face Close Up Lhotse and Everest North Face close up from the Pang La (5250m) on the way to Everest North Face.

1 Pang La 4 Lhotse and Everest North Face Close Up

1 Pang La 5 Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu Close Up The long ridge from Gyachung Kang (7952m) to Cho Oyu (8201m) from the Pang La (5200m) on the way to Everest North Face.

1 Pang La 5 Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu Close Up

1 Pang La 6 Descend From Pang La To Peruche We descended the other side of the Pang La, and stopped for a half hour at the Peruche, a small village as the junction of the road to Kharta. I wandered around taking photos of the local people, still using horse and buggy to transport their provisions. I walked in to the local guesthouse and was quickly offered some Tibetan tea and a seat among the local people. I sat down and asked for a Pepsi, which I devoured quickly as I watched the local people drink their tea, talk and laugh heartily.

1 Pang La 6 Descend From Pang La To Peruche

2 1 Lunch With Everest Poking Above Hill, Drive Towards Rongbuk We stopped for lunch at the edge of the west branch of the Dzakaa Chu River. I sat down to wait for Ram to get the lunch ready when I looked over the top of a brown hill and saw the tip of the Everest North Face. I looked toward the west and saw what looked like a cowboy heading our way. As he came closer, I could see he was a local Tibetan on a donkey. We continued along the rough rocky road towards Rongbuk Monastery.

2 1 Lunch With Everest Poking Above Hill, Drive Towards Rongbuk

2 2 Everest North Face and Rongbuk Monastery We rounded a corner and stopped at the Rongbuk monastery (5032m). The Everest North Face glistened white in the afternoon sun from the Rongbuk Monastery with its umbrella and spire-topped chorten connected to the ground with flapping prayer flags.

2 2 Everest North Face and Rongbuk Monastery

3 Everest North Base Camp 1 Jerome Ryan And Everest North Face The afternoon weather was perfectly clear, so we decided to head for Everest North Base Camp, where Jerome Ryan posed with the magnificent Everest North Face as a backdrop. I walked alongside the Dzakar Chu River and then climbed onto the terminal moraine of the Rongbuk Glacier and trekked along the rough up and down trail.

3 Everest North Base Camp 1 Jerome Ryan And Everest North Face

3 Everest North Base Camp 2 Memorials To Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, Marty Hoey, Mark Jennings There are some monuments at Everest North Base Camp to commemorate those who died on Everest. A simple rock was inscribed “In Memory of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker May 1982”, two of the finest British mountaineers of their time, who died on the second Pinnacle attempting to climb the Northeast Ridge. A black rock sitting on top of a small chorten stated “Marty Hoey 1957-1982”. Marty was the American climber whose waist harness came undone high on the North Face, and fell to her death. Lying upright next to the chorten was a beautifully carved piece of light coloured rock, brought by Marty’s mother to commemorate her life amongst the mountains. Mark Jennings died coming down from the summit on May 25, 1998.

3 Everest North Base Camp 2 Memorials To Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, Marty Hoey, Mark Jennings

3 Everest North Base Camp 3 Everest North Face The snow-covered Everest North Face gleamed brilliantly white in the afternoon sun, not a cloud in the sky. I could see how the jagged Pinnacles had stopped so many expeditions over the years who attempted the northeast ride. The normal route from the North Col joined the northeast ridge just past the Pinnacles. I could clearly see the famous first, second and third steps leading the normal route to the summit. To the left of the summit area was the Great (Norton) Couloir reached by Edward Norton in 1924. To the right of the summit was the Hornbein Couloir, named after Thomas Hornbein who climbed it on the 1963 American Expedition. From the summit, the West Ridge plummets at an angle of 45 degrees before meeting the less steep long West Shoulder.

3 Everest North Base Camp 3 Everest North Face

3 Everest North Base Camp 4 Everest West Ridge And Nuptse The Everest West Shoulder drops just out of my view to the Lho La. Below, I could see the white of the Rongbuk Glacier, and beyond the shoulder was the summit of Nuptse.

3 Everest North Base Camp 4 Everest West Ridge And Nuptse

5 1 Everest North Face Before Sunset From Rongbuk Monastery We retraced our steps to the Rongbuk Monastery, and had another spectacular view of the Everest North Face in the fading light of day.

5 1 Everest North Face Before Sunset From Rongbuk Monastery

5 2 Everest North Face At Sunset From Rongbuk Monastery At sunset, I stood next to the Rongbuk Monastery in –10C temperature and watched the whites of the afternoon sun change to the yellow, pinks and reds of sunset. Awesome!

5 2 Everest North Face At Sunset From Rongbuk Monastery

5 3 Everest North Face At Sunset From Rongbuk Monastery Everest North Face at sunset from the Rongbuk Monastery.

5 3 Everest North Face At Sunset From Rongbuk Monastery

6 1 Everest North Face Before Sunrise From Rongbuk Monastery I was up early the next morning, camera at the ready to capture the sunrise spectacle. Everest stood white against the white sky.

6 1 Everest North Face Before Sunrise From Rongbuk Monastery

6 2 Everest North Face Before Sunrise From Rongbuk Monastery The sun hit the Pinnacles, the Everest summit and Chantgse, turning them slightly yellow, but for only a minute. The light then changed to a flat white. The sunset was far better than sunrise.

6 2 Everest North Face Before Sunrise From Rongbuk Monastery

6 3 Rongbuk And Everest North Face In Early Morning Sun The Rongbuk Monastery with its umbrella and spire-topped chorten connected to the ground with flapping prayer flags set a spectacular foreground for the classic early morning photo of the Everest North Face. Our camping spot is visible just to the right of the chorten.

6 3 Rongbuk And Everest North Face In Early Morning Sun

6 4 Everest North Face In The Morning From Rongbuk Monastery The Everest North Face shone bright white in the morning sun seen from Rongbuk Monastery.

6 4 Everest North Face In The Morning From Rongbuk Monastery

7 1 Jerome Ryan With Other Trekkers And Crew At Rongbuk Monastery Here is a team photo next to the Rongbuk Monastery: Sitting: Rajin, Jerome Ryan, Phurba, Tashi, Purna, Ram and Kumar. Standing: Gerhardt, Valerie, Jan, Ben, Shane, and Chris.

7 1 Jerome Ryan With Other Trekkers And Crew At Rongbuk Monastery

7 2 Our Nepalese Crew At Rongbuk Monastery Rajin, Purna, Kumar, Phurba, Ram We gave the Nepalese crew their tips and took their photo: Rajin, Purna, Kumar, Phurba, and Ram. They jumped in the back of the truck, and we waved goodbye as they drove down the road. They’d be in Kathmandu by nightfall, preparing for their next trek.

7 2 Our Nepalese Crew At Rongbuk Monastery Rajin, Purna, Kumar, Phurba, Ram