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Makalu Photo Gallery - Trek From Sherson to Makalu Base Camp South, with spectacular views of Makalu Southwest and South faces, especially at sunset, and Chamlang East and Peak 6 Mount Tutse.

Makalu Photo Gallery from October 2009

7 5 Peak 6 Mount Tutse From Ridge Above Sherson As I waited for my lunch at Sherson, I climbed a small ridge to see if any mountains would peak out from the clouds. I laid back enjoying the simplicity of just watching the clouds move, shape, and disperse. The view of Peak 6 / Mount Tutse (6758m) from Sherson shows the width of the mountain.

7 5 Peak 6 Mount Tutse From Ridge Above Sherson

7 6 Chamlang East From Ridge Above Sherson Chamlang East (7235m) separated itself from an intervening ridge, when seen from Sherson. The first ascent of Chamlang East (7235m) and Central summits (7317m) was made in 1984 in alpine style by Doug Scott, Michael Scott, Ang Phurba and Jean Afanassieff via the East Ridge with the first descent of the Chamlang North Face.

7 6 Chamlang East From Ridge Above Sherson

7 7 Peak 4 Summit Ridge Peaks Out From The Clouds From Ridge Above Sherson The summit ridge of Peak 4 (6736m), opened for climbing in 2003, came out of the clouds for a brief second.

7 7 Peak 4 Summit Ridge Peaks Out From The Clouds From Ridge Above Sherson

7 8 Makalu Southwest And South Faces From Ridge Above Sherson The clouds occasionally dissipated long enough to get a full view of the Makalu Southwest and South Faces from a ridge above Sherson.

7 8 Makalu Southwest And South Faces From Ridge Above Sherson

7 9 Makalu Southwest And South Faces Close Up From Ridge Above Sherson Close up of Makalu Southwest and South Faces from a ridge above Sherson.

7 9 Makalu Southwest And South Faces Close Up From Ridge Above Sherson

7 10 Makalu Southwest And South Faces Summit Area From Sherson Close up of the Makalu summit area with the Makalu Southwest and South Faces from a ridge above Sherson.

7 10 Makalu Southwest And South Faces Summit Area From Sherson

7 11 Lunch At Sherson, Trek To Makalu Base Camp South, Memorial To JC Lafaille After eating lunch at Sherson, the trail climbs gradually to a minor pass and then contours around a ridge before Makalu base Camp South comes into view. I was fascinated by an indentation on the Makalu Southwest face that looks surprisingly like a stick figure woman and a large long-haired man The trail descends about 100m and crosses a bridge over the Barun Khola to Makalu Base Camp South (4850m) on the west side of the river, just 55 minutes from Sherson. I paused at the monument to Jean-Christophe Lafaille to pay my respects.

7 11 Lunch At Sherson, Trek To Makalu Base Camp South, Memorial To JC Lafaille

7 12 Makalu And Camp At Makalu Base Camp South Makalu Base Camp South (4850m) is a rocky barren place with a few buildings and shops with Makalu Southwest Face looming overhead and the Barun Pokhari and large Barun Glacier beyond. I enjoyed the terrific views of the Makalu Southwest and South Faces from Makalu Base Camp South, especially at sunset.

7 12 Makalu And Camp At Makalu Base Camp South

7 13 Makalu Summit Close Up Afternoon From Makalu Base Camp South Makalu Southwest Face and South Face close up in the late afternoon from Makalu Base Camp South (4850m).

7 13 Makalu Summit Close Up Afternoon From Makalu Base Camp South

7 14 Peak 3 Sherson Close Up Late Afternoon From Makalu Base Camp South Peak 3 / Sherson (6422m), a continuation of the Makalu Southeast Ridge, came out of the clouds at sunset The first ascent of Peak 3 / Sherson was made by Doug Scott, Jean Afanassieff, Larry Bruce, James Fullalove, Molly Higgins on April 23, 1984.

7 14 Peak 3 Sherson Close Up Late Afternoon From Makalu Base Camp South

7 15 Makalu At Sunset Begin From Makalu Base Camp South Makalu Southwest Face and South Face just before sunset from Makalu Base Camp South (4850m).

7 15 Makalu At Sunset Begin From Makalu Base Camp South

7 16 Makalu Sunset From Makalu Base Camp South Makalu Southwest Face just before sunset from Makalu Base Camp South (4850m).

7 16 Makalu Sunset From Makalu Base Camp South

7 17 Makalu Sunset From Makalu Base Camp South The fading light at sunset quickly rides up the Makalu Southwest Face, seen from Makalu Base Camp South (4850m).

7 17 Makalu Sunset From Makalu Base Camp South

7 18 Makalu Summit Sunset From Makalu Base Camp South The last rays at sunset burns the Makalu Southwest Face summit area, seen from Makalu Base Camp South (4850m).

7 18 Makalu Summit Sunset From Makalu Base Camp South

7 19 Makalu Last Rays Of Sun Hit The Summit From Makalu Base Camp South The last ray at sunset burns just the Makalu summit with the enormous Makalu Southwest Face below, seen from Makalu Base Camp South (4850m).

7 19 Makalu Last Rays Of Sun Hit The Summit From Makalu Base Camp South

8 1 Snowed Overnight At Makalu Base Camp South, Makalu Early Morning, Barun Pokhari I woke at Makalu Base Camp South to a small layer of snow on the ground. Makalu once again played peak-a-boo through the clouds in the morning, with the sun shining on the South Face while the Southwest Face remained in shadow. I walked a few minutes from Base Camp South to view the Barun Pokhari beneath Makalu.

8 1 Snowed Overnight At Makalu Base Camp South, Makalu Early Morning, Barun Pokhari

8 2 Makalu Summit Early Morning From Makalu Base Camp South Makalu summit area and South Face is lit up by the early morning sun, while the Makalu Southwest Face remains in shadow, seen from Makalu Base Camp South (4850m).

8 2 Makalu Summit Early Morning From Makalu Base Camp South

8 3 Makalu Summit Early Morning From Makalu Base Camp South We didnít leave Makalu Base Camp South until after 11:00 since it was going to be short trek. As I waited, the sun continued its western swing and slowly lit up the Makalu Southwest Face highlighting the ridges much better than the evening light.

8 3 Makalu Summit Early Morning From Makalu Base Camp South