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Jomsom to Mesokanto La Photo Gallery - Tilicho Lake attempt from Jomsom with excellent views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak.

Jomsom To Mesokanto La Photo Gallery from May 2008

01 Thini And Jomsom From Trail Towrds Mesokanto La After lunch at Jomsom, we climbed just above Jomsom to Thini, a large village, and the gateway to Tilicho Lake. On the plateau above Jomsom is the 5-star Jomsom Mountain Resort.

01 Thini And Jomsom From Trail Towrds Mesokanto La

02 Jerome Ryan Enjoying Afternoon Tea And Cookies At Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La The trail climbs up the valley from Thini, keeping to the left and away from the Nepalese army in the restricted military area. We stayed the night at a kharka at 3460m. Jerome Ryan enjoyed afternoon tea and cookies in his tent.

02 Jerome Ryan Enjoying Afternoon Tea And Cookies At Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La

03 Tilicho Peak And Nilgiri North Before Sunset From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La Tilicho Peak and Nilgiri North shine bright before sunset from our camp on the kharka (3460m) above Jomsom on the way to Tilicho Lake. The Nepalese army restricted military area is across the valley.

03 Tilicho Peak And Nilgiri North Before Sunset From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La

04 Dhaukagiri And Tukuche Peak Before Sunset From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La Clouds slightly parted at sunset revealing Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak from our camp on the kharka (3460m) above Jomsom on the way to Tilicho Lake.

04 Dhaukagiri And Tukuche Peak Before Sunset From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La

05 Dhaulagiri And Tukuche Peak After Sunrise From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La Clouds obscured the view of Dhaulagiri at sunrise from our camp on the kharka (3460m) above Jomsom on the way to Tilicho Lake. However, the clouds dissipated after sunrise to reveal the bright white north face of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak.

05 Dhaulagiri And Tukuche Peak After Sunrise From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La

06 Dhaulagiri North Face After Sunrise From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La Dhaulagiri North Face just after sunrise from our camp on the kharka (3460m) above Jomsom on the way to Tilicho Lake.

06 Dhaulagiri North Face After Sunrise From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La

07 Dhaulagiri North Face Close Up After Sunrise From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La Dhaulagiri North Face close up just after sunrise from our camp on the kharka (3460m) above Jomsom on the way to Tilicho Lake.

07 Dhaulagiri North Face Close Up After Sunrise From Kharka On Way To Mesokanto La

08 Team Photo On Way To Mesokanto La. Kneeling Gyan Tamang, Jerome Ryan, Kumar. Standing Tenzin, Mingma, Pemba Rinji, Nima Dorje Team photo on the way from Jomsom to Mesokanto La: kneeling down are cook Kumar, Jerome Ryan, and guide Gyan Tamang; standing are porters Tenzin and Mingma, cooks helper Pemba Rinji, and porter Nima Dorje.

08 Team Photo On Way To Mesokanto La. Kneeling Gyan Tamang, Jerome Ryan, Kumar. Standing Tenzin, Mingma, Pemba Rinji, Nima Dorje

09 Tilicho Peak amd Nilgiri North From Trail To Mesokanto La Tilicho Peak and the wide Nilgiri North ridge was directly across the valley in the early morning from the trail towards the Mesokanto La and Tilicho Lake.

09 Tilicho Peak amd Nilgiri North From Trail To Mesokanto La

10 Nilgiri North  CloseUp From Trail To Mesokanto La Nilgiri North close up in the early morning from the trail towards the Mesokanto La and Tilicho Lake.

10 Nilgiri North CloseUp From Trail To Mesokanto La

11 Dhaulagiri And Tukuche Peak Early Morning On Trail To Mesokanto La I turned around on the trail towards Mesokanto La and watched the clouds boil up towards Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. The trail continues up the side of the valley from the kharka (3460m) and then splits in two Ė the left going to the Tilicho eastern pass (5200m), while we took the right path to try and cross the Mesokanto La (5100m).

11 Dhaulagiri And Tukuche Peak Early Morning On Trail To Mesokanto La

12 Jerome Ryan Rests While Crew Make Lunch Just Below Mesokanto La Whew! It was a really hard morning climbing from the kharka (3460m) up 1500m to have our lunch at the bottom of the Mesokanto La.

12 Jerome Ryan Rests While Crew Make Lunch Just Below Mesokanto La

13 Tilicho Peak Tower Over Mesokanto La Tilicho Peak towered over the steep, snow and ice clad Mesokanto La.

13 Tilicho Peak Tower Over Mesokanto La

14 Steep, Ice And Snow Clad Mesokanto La The way from the base of the Mesokanto La at around 4800m is very steep at first.  Gyan scrambled up part way to confirm that it was too dangerous to ascend. I was glad when he got safely back down to us.

14 Steep, Ice And Snow Clad Mesokanto La

15 Camp Near Mesokanto La We turned around and camped at around 4900m just up the northern hill above the base of the Mesokanto La. I guess if I try again Iíll use the other eastern pass.

15 Camp Near Mesokanto La

16 Nilgiri North Close Up At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La Sunrise from the camp just below the Mesokanto La was magnificent. First, Nilgiri North blazed.

16 Nilgiri North Close Up At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La

17 Nilgiri North Just After Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La Hereís a close up of Nilgiri North blazing at sunrise from the camp just below the Mesokanto La.

17 Nilgiri North Just After Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La

18 Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak And Other 6000m Mountains At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La The sunrise view to Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak and other 6000m mountains was magnificent from the camp just below the Mesokanto La.

18 Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak And Other 6000m Mountains At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La

19 Dhaulagiri, And Tukuche Peak At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak blazed at sunrise from the camp just below the Mesokanto La.

19 Dhaulagiri, And Tukuche Peak At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La

20 Tukuhe Peak Close Up At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La Tukuche Peak blazed at sunrise from the camp just below the Mesokanto La.

20 Tukuhe Peak Close Up At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La

21 Dhaulagiri South And North Faces Close Up At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La The South and North Faces of  Dhaulagiri blazed at sunrise from the camp just below the Mesokanto La. We descended in one 4-hour push from below the Mesokanto La at 4800m to Jomsom at 2760m. The 2040m descent was brutal on the knees.

21 Dhaulagiri South And North Faces Close Up At Sunrise From Camp Below Mesokanto La