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Prayer flags above Dingboche. Lhotse and Island Peak in the background.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Renjo La (pass)

October 26

On Sunday we walked from Thame (the boyhood home of Tenzing Norway) to the tiny village of Lungden.  Our luck on finding good overnight accommodations has been continuing although we didn't get a shower. We were in awe with the incredible mountain scenery.  After eating a wonderful dinner, Steve and I took some long exposure photos of the moonlit Himalaya.  Steve's shots are professional quality.

This morning, Monday, we left early for the long trek over the Renjo La to get to Gokyo.  Lungden is at 14,500' and the top of the pass is 17,700'. Our little team was on fire and we summitted in 4 to 4 1/2 hours when it typically takes6 hours to make the ascent.  We rested twice on the way up and again on top where we spent an hour marveling at the world class views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and dozens of smaller and less commonly known peaks.  Smaller is relative here as most of the little mountains are above 20,000'!

We descended for about 15 minutes when we were greeted by my friends from the beautiful Namste Lodge and Fitzroy Lodge in Gokoyo.  They had climbed for probably 2 -3 hours to bring us an amazing lunch of tea, mango juice, coke, water, curried buffalo, spicy potatoes, sandwiches and cookies. This was an incredibly kind gesture and the food was super delicious.

Tonight we are staying with my friend Tenzing and he's doting on us like we are royalty.  It was a fantastic day!

Robert Kay

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