Exploring Tshophu Lake and areas
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Hoping to see sunrise over Jhomohari, we got up at 5.30am and were not disappointed. The peak of Jhomohari had just caught the rays and was glowing in a golden colour. Despite the biting cold (approx. -10 deg C), we stood in the open enjoying the beautiful view of Jhomohari revealing its full glory to us. The sun rays cast shadows and highlighted the faceted snow covered face of the mountain.
The first clouds started to move in at about 9am. After breakfast, we explored the ruined Dzong (fortress) before proceeding on our trek across the river to the other side of the mountains to Tshophu Lake. It was a strenuous trek up the mountain slopes but the view was fantastic as we proceeded higher.
Looking down, we could see the campsite and the tiny coloured tents, the ruined fortress that stood guard over the campsite, the few houses next to the river and the trail that leads to Lingshi.
From the top of the mountain slope, the trail to the lake was fairly flat and easy to walk. But the winds rushing through the valleys and from over the mountains were extremely strong and bone chillingly cold. It really debilitated energy out of me. The weather was also slowly turning lousy and the sun hid behind clouds that threatened to rain/snow soon. After snapping a few quick pictures at the lake, we went to a yak herder shelter nearby and hurdled behind the low stone walls for a quick lunch.
Light snow flakes fell while we were on the way back to the campsite. By early evening, a heavy snow storm had started. The wet towel that was hanging outside of the tent was frozen solid hard!