Leaving Pho our toughest day begins; that first pass was easy - wait a minute, where does the trail go?
Continuing up to 5000m, and it really was a shame the porters thought this was the end...
We kept climbing and climbing up
And up and the trail became more challenging
The valley we descend into
Renee and Celesta and the Nyingma Gyanzen La! Although a pass, it is almost a 5563m summit
With awesome views though
Renee still cruising
Celesta on the slippery section; Bali was rightly worried about tired porters slipping, we left 3 loads here to pick up the next morning when less tired
We camped on an island in the river, the only flattish spot we could find; Lindsay after sleeping outside
Paul and Da'Kusang: all of the trekkers slept outside, no flat places for tents
Paul and the girls who slept on a large rock; there was room for the dining tent and kitchen and so porters and crew slept inside. Thanks for the sacrifice, team!
Our next camp was quiet and flat
Climbing the 5414m Yala La, the second pass in this Pho to Mugu section
The Yala La 5415m
Paul and Da'Kusang atop the 5414m Yala La, looking back
Celesta (f2 on the 24mm lens gives the blur)
Heading down this isolated valley where only blue sheep graze
Celesta, Lori, happy Renee, Kees and Lindsay
Celesta puts a foot wrong, on to a super-slippery rock, luckily Som and Da'Kusang are ready!
See the porters?
Up-down... Tick day and the day Lindsay lost his luggage tag soon after this photo and became a professional trekker...
Bali and Renee - the end of a tough day; no shoes off, there was a "bridge"
Breakfast outside in -5C: Kees, Paul, Renee, Lori, Celesta and Lindsay
A lammergeier, bearded vulture, and you can see the black "beard"
Lindsay ascends the 5150m Chyargo La, the last major pass
Chyargo La panorama
Pasang Kaji, stuperstar kitchen hand who was always out front despite a heavy load
Lori (thankful this was the last pass!)
"Captain" Lindsay Petrie "a shambles"
Passes are tough, so are soem of the stream crossings
Our wonderful Big Agnes dining tent
Bali, Da'Kusang, porter and Som
Celesta's night shot hobby
The porters enjoy
A birch tree lit by the camp fire
Star trails, a 17 minute exposure
On a rest afternoon a few of us hiked up to Mugu village, (Paul) sleeping in a local house under...
Our Mugu hosts - thanks!
Paul and Celesta leaving Mugu
Da'Kusang on the now wider but still exposed trail
Celesta and Paul with the new GHT map series: where are we? Where can we reach?
Lindsay, Celesta, Lori, Paul, Kees and Renee mid-breakfast
Back to warm country and typical west Nepal villages
A good trail but still steep country, fire-resistant Chir pines and huge grass slopes are typical
A peaceful gorge camp
The moon lights up the clouds
Gamgadhi, the Mugu district headquarters
A proud Gamgadhi tailor
The village of Chain
A Lammergeier, a bearded vulture with a "beard"
a Lammergeier, bearded vulture - Nepal
The team, less one porter (the older man in other photos). THANK YOU EVERYONE!