October 18, 2006:
Dragnag to Gokyo
Woke up around 5 am to the noise of the Germans and Spanish who were leaving the lodge. As
Dragnag is a long way from Cho La Pass, I knew they were leaving early. I stayed in bed until about
7 am. For breakfast I had oatmeal porridge and toast. Then we left the lodge for Gokyo. We crossed
the Ngozumpa Glacier where we had some great views of Cho Oyu and the glacier itself. After about
2:30 hours, we arrived in Gokyo.
We checked into the Friendship Lodge. Had an early lunch. By now (only 11:00 am), it became
cloudy. At first we had thought to climb up to Gokyo Ri, but now that the weather was not that
good, we decided to hike to the Fourth Lake. So that's what we did instead. For the most part, we
hiked there along the ridge of the Ngozumpa Glacier moraine instead of the main trail. There were
great views all along of the glacier, on and off of Cho Oyu, the Fourth Lake, the Frostbitten Fingers
etc. We stayed back there for quite some time, although it was cold and cloudy.
Back at the lodge around 3:30 pm. This is now the time of day I have becoming to dread. Sitting
around the lodge dining room between say 4 pm to 8 pm with not much to do other than read and
BS. It is fine for a few days, but I have been on the trail for 12 days now, so it is getting old. Also, I
am getting sick and tired of the same old food, rice, noodles, hash browns with either cheese, veggies
or eggs. I didn't get into the Daal Bhat thing at all, I tried it once, didn't care for it. I am craving for
a juicy Hamburger, amongst other things....
Nevertheless, dinner was quite pleasant. There was a Dutch couple with whom I talked for a while.
Sat around the fire place to keep warm. Only nuisance was a Japanese group of 6 people who tried
to get the best spots at the oven without regard for anybody else.
Cho Oyu, 8,201 meters (26,906
feet)
Gokyo Ri above Ngozumpa
Glacier
Second
Lake
Bharat at the Fourth
Lake