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    I WAS THE LAST ONE TO SEE THE YETI'S SKULL

    by davidjo Updated Feb 1, 2016

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    I just read that the yeti's skull and hand on display are replicas of the stolen ones from 1991, but you can still go and see them. Actually i may have been about the last person to see the real skull or shall we say the original yeti skull before it was stolen. i stayed one night in Pangboche so i was looking forward to going to the monastery to see the skull. the custodian of the monastery lived in a up and down building next to the monastery and when i requested to see the skull she squatted on the ground and relieved herself, before asking for a few rupees to open the monastery. I entered the monastery to see some beautiful coloured displays but casting my eyes around i failed to see the skull, but the problem was solved by producing a few more rupees and she produced a glass case from a cabinet with the skull and hand inside. The next morning when we woke at the lodge we were informed that the skull had been stolen so for those of you who have to make do with the replica here is the original. Probably this would have been sometime in April 1991 if i am not mistaken. Please visit the replicas, the monastery is interesting anyway.

    THE HAND AND SKULL WERE REPLACED

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-13228780

    REAL OR NOT PRAYER WHEEL, MAYBE ARTEFACTS IN MONASTERY ORIGINAL YETI
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    LIFE AT THE HIGHER ALTITUDES

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    It is a tough life for yak herders, porters and the livestock at higher altitudes. Some villages are not inhabited all year long and only open up for the trekking season. Everything you eat or drink has to be carried in by man or beast. There is very little vegetation above the treeline and very little fuel for the locals to use.

    THE GREATEST MOUNTAIN ON THE PLANET A HUT AND COMPOUND FOR ANIMALS YOUNG PORTERS IN THE DISTANCE A HUT AT ALTITUDE
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    TREKKING FROM JIRI TOWARDS LUKLA

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    I always advise trekkers to start their trek from Jiri as the trail passes through different climate and vegetation zones and one can usually trek without too much clothing as it can be reasonably warm. You will come across small communities and villages where you can stay the night, cross many rivers, ascend and descend many mountainous trails and meet some interesting people along the route. You will not see so many trekkers as big groups tend to fly in to Lukla because of time restraints. On the route near Lukla you will encounter many stone steps, porters and animals. There will be vegetation growing everywhere and it will be particularly beautiful after the rainy season when everything is green. Once you trek above Namche Bazaar the nature changes dramatically as there are very few trees and vegetation.

    STEPS AND MORE STEPS BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE AND GARDEN APPROACHING VILLAGE SMALL COMMUNITY
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    WONDERFUL VIEWS OF EVEREST ON GOKYO TREK

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    Once you leave Machermo and approach the Gokyo Lake system you will have the chance to have some magnificent views of Everest so have your camera ready. The views will be particularly spectacular early morning before the clouds begin to roll in.

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    GREAT VIEWS FROM GOKYO RI

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    The main reason for trekking to Gokyo would be to climb Gokyo Ri for sunrise and catch a view of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. You can refer to my other tip about climbing Gokyo Ri for more detailed information of when to start climbing but once you are at the top you cannot stop taking photographs of the wonderful mountainous peaks that are all around you. In fact it is quite difficult to start the descent as one just sits there in bewilderment of the world's greatest mountain range.

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    GET AN EARLY START FOR BEST VIEWS

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    If you are trekking towards EBC from Lobuje please start early in order to get the best views of Everest and the nearby mountains. Once you reach Gorak Shep the skies will normally be clear in the Autumn season after the rains. One would expect the clouds to form later in the day and you may not be able to see any of the peaks. Trekking in the spring months of April and May you will have less chance of good photography due to the dust in the air and the clouds forming for the rainy season.

    GREAT VIEWS CLOUDS FORMING
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    BLOWING IN THE WIND

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    Whenever you cross over a pass or reach the top of a peak you will notice prayer flags that are fluttering in the wind. Most people think that prayer flags carry prayers to the gods but traditionally this is not true as Tibetans believe that prayers and mantra are blown by the wind to spread goodwill and compassion into all areas, therefore prayer flags are thought to benefit everyone.
    Nowadays by hanging flags in the high places the LUNG TA (wind horse) will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to everyone and everywhere. As the wind passes by the flags the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras. The images on the flags fade away through time and become a part of the universe just like life moves on and is replaced by new life. Tibetans will hang new flags next to the old which symbolises life's changes and that we are all a part of a greater ongoing cycle. The symbols and mantras on the prayer flags are scared and should never be placed on the ground or used on clothing. Old prayer flags should be burnt.

    SUMMIT OF GOKYO RI LAMJURA LA SUMMIT OF GOKYO RI
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    THE HIGHEST GLACIER IN THE WORLD

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    After you pass Gorak Shep you will get some magnificent views of the Khumbu Glacier and Mount Everest. Should you wish to get to base camp you have to traverse the glacier which is strewn with rocks and debris. Here the glacier is at around 5,000 m but its source is at 7,600 m, the highest glacier in the world.Further along the glacier is the Khumbu Icefall which is the first major obstacle for climbers, and it is very dangerous. Everest Base Camp is just the other side of the glacier in the photo but it is impossible to see from this oart of the trek.

    KHUMBU GLACIER KHUMBU GLACIER KHUMBU GLACIER & EVEREST
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    HIKE UP KALA PATAR

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

    Kala Patar means "black rock" and many trekkers scamper up here (5,164 m) to get good views of Everest. If you are going to base camp it is well worth taking this side trip as you cannot see the peak of Everest from Base Camp due to the structure of the mountain. Kala Patar is just a black rock which can be seen on the south side of Pumori. You can also see Nuptse, Lhotse and Changtse. The ascent should take you two hours at the most and the climb will start at the small settlement of Gorak Shep. You will pass through an ancient lake bed, climb up quite steeply a series of switchbacks, then the trail levels off before another steep ascent to the ridge and a ten minute scramble over some boulders before being rewarded with terrific views at the top.

    Kala Patar is the small mound you can see in front of Pumori

    MANY TREKKERS HIKE UP HERE
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    DO YOU LIKE THE UNMARRIED DAUGHTER ?

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    Pumori, the unmarried daughter or also known as Everest's daughter is a peak which is 8 kms west of Everest and is a climbing peak. George Mallory named the peak Pumori which means unmarried daughter in the Sherpa language. Gerhard Lenser was the first to climb the 7,161 m peak in 1962 but two Czech climbers found another route in 1996. Over 40 people have lost their lives climbing it, but for those who manage to reach the summit there are wonderful views of Nepal, Everest and Tibet. If you are trekking to Everest Base Camp you will pass to the east of Pumori.

    PUMORI
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    THE GOKYO LAKE SYSTEM, HIGHEST IN THE WORLD

    by davidjo Updated Dec 11, 2015

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    The Gokyo Lake System comprises of six main lakes and is the highest lake system in the world which ranges from 4,700 to 5,000 m high. If you count the small lakes there are actually 19 lakes which are connected together on the ground or perhaps under the ground. The lakes are fed from the seepage of the Ngozumpa glacier, and a few streams. One of the lakes is over 60 m deep.
    The village of Gokyo is on the side of the third lake that you come to, called Gokyo Cho, aand other lakes are called Gyazumpa Cho , Ngojumba Cho, Thonak Cho, Tanjung Cho, Longabanga Lake.
    While staying at Gokyo you can hike further north and come to some of the other lakes.

    ONE OF THE FROZEN LAKES
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    MACHERMO TO GOKYO, CHOLOTSE & PHOTOGRAPHY

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

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    The hike from Machermo to Gokyo is very enjoyable and offers plenty of photographic opportunities as you climb up to the west of Ngozumba Glacier which is the largest glacier in the country stretchoing 40 kms. . Once you reach the glacier the trek to Gokyo is quite flat and easily accomplished, but you may huff and puff ascending the 800 m from Machermo to The glacier. There may be a cover of snow and can be quite difficult to follow the trail at times, so be careful. It is almost impossible to get lost as you will be following the valley upwards. During the hike you will get incredible views of Cholotse and the turquoise/emerald lakes on your left until you reach Gokyo which lies on the third lake.

    BREAKING THE TRAIL NGOZUMBA GLACIER AMAZING COLORS OF THE LAKES
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    RISE EARLY AND JOIN THE YAKS IN MACHERMO

    by davidjo Written Dec 11, 2015

    At Machermo there will be a chance to get up early and photograph the yaks covered in a layer of frost. These animals are used for bringing supplies along the Everest trekking route, especially for the trekking groups . As it is above the tree line their are a few enclosed pastures to accommodate the yaks. There are a few stone huts and trekkers lodges. When trekking from Dhole to Machermo you should get some great views of Cho Oyu which straddles the Nepal/Tibet border.
    Machermo is at an altitude of 4,665 m and some people take a rest day here in order to acclimatise better. Th golden rule is that the longer you take the less chance of getting altitude sickness. If you are fit enough it is no problem trekking from Phortse all the way to Gokyo, but it would be completely stupid to do this. Both times i trekked to Gokyo i trekked from Namche to Phortse, Dhole, Machermo then Gokyo spending a night in each place. It did mean that from Phortse to Gokyo it was ony 3 hours hike each day so there is plenty time to relax or explore the nearby valleys and mountains.

    A BITTERLY COLD MORNING MACHERMO A LONELY YAK HE DOES NOT SEEM TO MIND THE COLD
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    GOKYO VILLAGE, A TASTE OF HEAVEN

    by davidjo Updated Dec 7, 2015

    Gokyo village is a small settlement in the Solokhumbu district at the base of Gokyo Peak and to the east of Dudh Pokhari (Gokyo Cho Lake). The village which mainly consists of a few trekkers huts at the side of the lake is one of the highest in the world at an altitude of 4,750 m. It is not inhabited all year round but it is extremely scenic due to the surrounding mountains, the glacier and the turquoise lake. It is well worth staying here for two nights, arrive the first day and climb Gokyo Peak or Kala Patar early the next morning to catch the sunrise and the magnificent view of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.
    While staying at the trekkers huts here you will need your warmest clothes, especially after 3 pm when most trekkers retire to the inside of the huts.

    NOTE The settlement has grown considerably since this photo was taken.

    A SIMPLE HUT AT GOKYO BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE ONE OF GOKYO LAKES
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    THE TRAIL NEAR JUNBESI

    by davidjo Written Dec 7, 2015

    The trail leads down the side of the mountain from Lamjura La to Junbesi and climbs up a mountain on the other side of the valley. Often you can see the trail far in the distance. When leaving Junbesi and ascending the mountain you will suddenly turn a corner and have the first view of Everest.

    THE TRAIL JUNBESI AREA JUNBESI AREA DIFFERENT CLIMATIC ZONE THE TRAIL IN THE DISTANCE
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