Occasional Climber

Baltistan – Gondogoro BC to Hushe, August 1997 & 92

The view from High Camp down the Gondogoro glacier. The sharp peak is known as Lila (about 6,000m)
Heading down from High Camp towards Xhuspang (4,800m)
As we descended, we came upon the first vegetation in many days – a welcomed relief to the stark rock and ice. Seen on the trail above Xhuspang
Approaching Xhuspang. Once off the moraine, the going became much easier
Mountain flowers provided a wonderful contrast to the rock and ice
Xhuspang (4,800m), with Lila Peak
After the third day (first visit 1992) we reached Xhuspang at 4,800 metres. The huge pile of dark gray rubble, impinging on this scene from the right, is part of the Gondogoro moraine. It appears to point the way towards Gondogoro La, our main objective, which can be seen as a dip in the snow dusted skyline before it ascends to the sharp peak on the left
Below Xhuspang, looking back up the Gondogoro glacier to Gondogoro La
Back on the Gondogoro glacier, with Masherbrum's Eastern icefall directly ahead
The Eastern side of Masherbrum (7,821m), from the Eastern moraine of Gondogoro glacier, above Daltsampa
A section of the Masherbrum icefall, from Daltsampa
Masherbrum (7,821m), from Daltsampa (4,300m)
A section of the Eastern wall of Masherbrum, from Daltsampa (4,300m)
Daltsampa Lake, my tent, with Masherbrum behind
Masherbrum, mirrored by Daltsampa Lake
A mirror reflection on Daltsampa Lake
Hussain on pot washing duty, Daltsampa Lake
Setting off from Daltsampa in the direction of Shaishcho
Reflected ants - the "A Team" departing Daltsampa in the direction of Shaishcho
Busy cleaning dhal bhat from a pot with the aid of glacier water and silt, "Little Ali" flashes one of his winning smiles. This bubbly little boy attached himself to our contingent for part of our journey and a humorous little walking companion he proved to be. Behind him a line of Dzos file into this small flood-plain at 3,600 metres. The ever present Masherbrum provides a striking backdrop for us to enjoy as we set up our first camp (First visit 1992)
Looking back down the Gondogoro glacier. The dominant peak on the right is Namka, reaching 6,825 metres. In the distance are K6 and K7 (First visit 1992)
Above Gondogoro Camp (3,600m) on the moraine of Gondogoro glacier, looking towards Shaishcho
From Chospah are two trails. Initially we followed the left one up the loose moraine of Gondogoro glacier, our objective being a view of K2 from the Gondogoro La, four days walk further on (First visit 1992)
Even these two hardy Baltis needed a break from their efforts in the thin mountain air. Seen here above Hushe on a trail tracing the Hushe River for several hours walk up to Chospah (3,330 metres)
Passing Gondogoro Camp (3,600m) with Masherbrum behind
Just below the terminal moraine of Gondogoro glacier, on the descent to Shaishcho (3,330m)
Crossing the Aling River just beyond Shaishcho
The Hushe River, with Masherbrum behind
On the outskirts of Hushe with Masherbrum (7,821m) behind  > Hushe

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