We went to sleep with the plan to summit Gokyo Ri the next day, if weather permitted. The next morning hoping for the best, we woke up at 4 am, readied ourselves and started our trek. After facing the lowest of lows in temperature at Kalapatthar, I made sure I was sufficiently covered up and warm for this one. But it turned out to be a warm morning, not a lot of wind and average temperature.
The thick clouds were still looming as we started off but we remained positive to see it move by the time we reached the summit. Within a few minutes into the climb the clouds moved away.
The climb was a bit harder than the previous ones. The terrain here was more vertical compared to the likes of Kala Patthar or Chhukung Ri that we had attempted before this. As soon as the weather began to clear the views got better and better as we went higher. A deep blue sky, frosted glaciers scattered across the land, Himalayan peaks and the blue turquoise lake of Gokyo. This was what the day started with. In the distant landscape, the towering mountains of the Everest regions were in direct view. I don’t think there is a better view of the core of the Himalayas than from here. You can look the Himalayas in the eye.
We finally reached the peak, completed our obligatory photos and waited for the final bit of cloud to make way for the view of Everest. Everest stood tall and intimidating against all the other mountains. It is from here you learn that 8850m is a monster of a mountain. Lot of trekkers saw the opportunity of clear weather and made super fast climbs to reach the peak.
Something in us changed, that very moment. The mountains were happy and so were we.
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