Occasional Climber

Breaking 6,000m – Climbing Pokhalde

Dawn view of Makalu (left) and Ama Dablam (right), as we commenced our climb of Pokhalde
Dawn view of Makalu, as we commenced our climb of Pokhalde
Our route up Pokhalde
Sunrise from about 5,600m. Sunlight illuminates the big boys first - Makalu and Lhotse
Taking a breather at about 5,700m. Ama Dablam is behind at left
Taking a breather at about 5,750m. This view is south - from left, Kangtega, Tamserku, Tawoche and Cholatse
Taking a breather at about 5,750m. This view is north - past the summit of Pokhalde, to Pumori, Nuptse and Lhotse
On the summit of Pokhalde (5,806m) on Ed's 15th birthday. Nuptse, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar bear silent witness
Pokhalde summit view north and west - spanning Cholatse (left) to Lhotse (right)
Pokhalde summit view to Lobuje East (left) and Pumori (right)
Taking it all in just below the summit of Pokhalde. Further right are Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse and Lhotse
Summit view back down to our camp site. Kongma La is left, between shadow and light. Nuptse and Lhotse soar overhead and Makalu stands out on the right skyline
On the descent. The route is not technical, but exposed to sheer cliffs in places
On the descent, back down at about 5,600m
Nearing camp on the descent
Mission complete, with the summit of Pokhalde high above us once more  > Kongma La to Chhukung

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