Kyajo Ri


Posted on Sunday 13th April, 2014

Back in Namche now after our adventure to Kyajo Ri. How to sum it up!? Well it was a lot further to get to than we thought. There was a lot more boulder hiking, snow and glacier to get to the mountain than we thought. There was a lot more blue ice on the mountain than we thought! So basically we did around 7 pitches on the mountain itself of rock, snow and ice. We turned around about 4 or 5 pitches from the summit due to the fact we either had to climb them all on blue ice which was very hard and slow going or we had about grade 18 rock to climb with no rock gear! It was getting late so we headed back down. I think that basically the whole trip would be a lot easier and faster later in this season when the snow has melted lower down and there would be more snow higher up on the top of the blue ice, forming alpine ice. Or perhaps in Autumn, that is when most folks seem to climb it. So Kyajo Ri will have to wait for another day! It was however a fantastic training mission!! Carrying the pack for hours over loose scree and boulders at altitude gave me a great workout and warm up for Lhotse!! My knees are still sore! So here is our adventure in photos.

Tomorrow Dawa and I are off to attempt Pachermo 6187m, close to Rowaling. We should be back in around 5 days so lets hope we have some better conditions on that one.

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Catching up with Margaret Watroba in Namche who is a two time Everest Summiteer from Perth AND a grandma. She is off to Lhotse too :)

Catching up with Margaret Watroba in Namche who is a two time Everest Summiteer from Perth AND a grandma. She is off to Lhotse too 🙂

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Dawas mum hanging out the window of their house in Thamo. Our first stop for tea before heading up to stay at Mende Monastery for the night.

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We got to the Monastery in thick cloud and the next day I woke up to this view!

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The custodian of the Monastery.

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Phura Nuru helping carry our loads up the hill. Mende is below us.

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We hiked up through one valley system and up a scree, snow, ice and boulder headwall to the next valley.

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The porter left us at our first camp of 4948m.

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Dawa points to Kyajo Ri in the distance. We have to hike through the snow then up more loose boulders for 6 hours to get to the next campsite.

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With heavy packs…

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Finally we arrive to the glacier below the mountain.

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And set up camp at 5350m.

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The next morning we weave our way through the glacier and up towards the col.

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We head up a few pitches of rock and snow….

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We were super lucky with the weather!

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We started to have to climb some very hard blue ice…

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We got to the top of this rock band before turning around and doing six abseils to get back down again.

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We got back to the tent in a snowstorm as it was getting dark after 12 and a half hours of adventuring.

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Until next time!

 

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