Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

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Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby frenchy_84 » Wed 08 May, 2013 8:56 pm

Myself and a couple of mates have just got back from spending 4 weeks in Nepal, where we completed the 3 Passes Trek in the Sagarmatha NP. It was completely different to tassie walking yet it was an amazing trip. I really have Nick S to thank for the inspiration for the trip, leading up to summer my mates and I couldnt decide on which Tas walk to do and then Nick posted his trip report on the 3 passes and so I thought why on earth are we arguing about WA's vs Spires when we could be doing this, and finally we agreed.
I wont go over the details to much as we basically followed the same itinerary as Nick. Highlights for me were the acclimatisation circuit around Namche, Chukkung Ri, watching the sun rise over Mt Everest from Kala Pattar, and the last few days from Dzongola to Namche particularly Renjo La.
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Sunrise from Tingboche
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Ama Dablam
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Ama Dablam looks completely different from other angles
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Looking back down the valley from Dingboche after overnight snow
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Ama Dablam from further up the valley at Chukkung
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby frenchy_84 » Wed 08 May, 2013 8:58 pm

Next series of photos
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Chukung Ri Pano 1.jpg
Panorama from half way up Chukkung Ri
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Panorama from the top, with Lohtse south face, Makalu and Ama Dablam
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The view looking back from halfway up Kongma La
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About to cross the Khumbu glacier, all the valley glaciers are covered in rubble and very ugly. Reminded me of surveying a mine stockpile...
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The view down the Khumbu valley after the sunrise
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby frenchy_84 » Wed 08 May, 2013 8:58 pm

The altitude made the physical exertion difficult, but after Kongma La, I didnt have any more headaches or notice any altitude sickness. We had acclimatisation days in Namche, Dingboche and Chukkung, I had slight headaches at Chukkung and felt absolutely rubbish on top of Kongma La but after that I felt fine. One member of the group had a cold in Chukkung, and was never able to get over it and it ruined his acclimatisation so he really struggled over the 3 passes until we dropped elevation near Thame.
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Looking up towards Cho La pass
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Panorama from Gokyo Ri, this was the first day we could see Cho Oyu
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The view from half way up Renjo La
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby Davo1 » Wed 08 May, 2013 9:21 pm

WoW!!!!!

Great pics, thanks.
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby biggbird » Wed 08 May, 2013 9:46 pm

Awesome shots mate, especially that of Cholatse! Was a great mountain that one. Looks like you guys had quite different conditions to us, a heck of a lot more snow!

Had been looking forward to these shots for a while, definitely not disappointed ;)
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby frenchy_84 » Wed 08 May, 2013 10:27 pm

Glad you like them.
Here is a light hearted trip report from a lone ranger we picked up on the trail. With plenty of Rafael Nadal jokes.
http://rantingpikey.blogspot.com.au/201 ... -camp.html
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby stepbystep » Thu 09 May, 2013 10:05 am

*&%$#! fabulous mate!!

Thanks for posting :D
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby doogs » Fri 10 May, 2013 9:33 am

Amazing and inspiring photos Frenchy :) I hope to get to Nepal one day! I certainly think you made the correct decision on where to go for your summer trip :D
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby north-north-west » Tue 14 May, 2013 8:18 pm

The light in that first shot is superb.
Lucky *&%$#!. Must be nice to have money . . .
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby frenchy_84 » Tue 14 May, 2013 8:34 pm

north-north-west wrote:The light in that first shot is superb.

The quality has deteriated in a series of resized jpeg exports but it does have potential.

north-north-west wrote: Must be nice to have money . . .

There has to be some reason to live in Mackay
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby Nuts » Wed 15 May, 2013 7:30 am

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Haha, would never have guessed.

Nice report Frenchy, Great set of Photos.
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby north-north-west » Wed 15 May, 2013 8:46 pm

frenchy_84 wrote:
north-north-west wrote: Must be nice to have money . . .

There has to be some reason to live in Mackay


I'd rather be poor and live in Tassie. Still, at least you aren't in Rockhampton .
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby Nick S » Thu 16 May, 2013 8:42 am

Glorious mountains! That one of the sunlight hitting Ama dablam? is very nice. So much more snow around than when I was there. Did you need to use crampons at all over any passes?
Thanks for the mention Frenchy, nice to know my report was some inspiration for the trip. Your pics make me want to plan a return! Definitely one day, but a few other places first..
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Re: Three Passes + Three Hills Trek, Nepal

Postby tibboh » Thu 16 May, 2013 9:13 am

Such an awesome landscape kind of leaves me speechless :mrgreen:
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