Nepal - Robert Downie
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Cho La Pass

We were told conditions could be treacherous crossing the Cho La; and treacherous they were with very limited visibility and fresh snow. At 5,420 metres (17,782 ft) above sea level a glacier covers the entire saddle of the pass and fresh snow can conceal dangerous crevasses. When trekking in Nepal you often end up with some very hardy stray dogs following you for days on end in the high altitude in the hope of obtaining some food. The sherpas happily let them find a path across the pass first! While we missed the views of the 7000 to 8000m (23,000 to 26,000 ft) peaks around the pass I did manage to get this shot just as we entered the ice field before the clouds closed in completely. We spent the best part of a month trekking at altitude in Nepal; and crossing this pass was certainly one of the highlights. The Cho La or Chhugyuma La pass is in the Solukhumbu District in northeastern Nepal and connects the Gokyo valley to the Everest valley. Shot on Fuji Velvia slide film. Nepalese Himalaya, Nepal


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