Exploring Tshophu Lake and areas

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Sunrise over Mt Jhomohari at 5.30am

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.

Mount Jhomohari basking in the morning sun
Looking up, we could see all the surrounding snow covered mountains as well as the magnificent Jichu Drake with its distinctive pyramid-shaped peak composed of razor-sharp ridges. Jhomohari was already covered by clouds and was no longer visible.

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!

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Sunrise over Mt Jhomohari at 5.30am
Sunrise over Mt Jhomohari at 5.30am
Mount Jhomohari basking in the mor…
Mount Jhomohari basking in the mo…
Jhomohari peak reflecting the sun …
Jhomohari peak reflecting the sun…
Doggy at the campsite
Doggy at the campsite
Clouds are already starting to cov…
Clouds are already starting to co…
First clouds starting to move acro…
First clouds starting to move acr…
Having breakfast in the sun
Having breakfast in the sun
Suntanning
Suntanning
Fellow trekker basking in the sun
Fellow trekker basking in the sun
Ruins of the Dzong
Ruins of the Dzong
Ruins of the Dzong
Ruins of the Dzong
Exploring the ruined fortress
Exploring the ruined fortress
Weather worn prayer flags in the r…
Weather worn prayer flags in the …
From inside the ruins of the Dzong
From inside the ruins of the Dzong
The trail to Tshophu Lake
The trail to Tshophu Lake
Climbing up the mountains with Jic…
Climbing up the mountains with Ji…
On the trail to Tshophu Lake. Lots…
On the trail to Tshophu Lake. Lot…
On the trail to Tshophu Lake. Lots…
On the trail to Tshophu Lake. Lot…
Mules carrying wood along the trail
Mules carrying wood along the trail
Looking down at base camp and ruin…
Looking down at base camp and rui…
View of Jichu Drake and the valley…
View of Jichu Drake and the valle…
Jichu Drake - 6989m, with its dist…
Jichu Drake - 6989m, with its dis…
Yaks grazing with Jichu Drake in b…
Yaks grazing with Jichu Drake in …
Frozen river on the way to Tshophu…
Frozen river on the way to Tshoph…
Tshophu Lake
Tshophu Lake
Bone chilling winds out there by T…
Bone chilling winds out there by …
Taking a rest in an open shelter o…
Taking a rest in an open shelter …
Ruined fortress seen during the sn…
Ruined fortress seen during the s…
Snowstorm in the evening
Snowstorm in the evening
Snowstorm in the evening
Snowstorm in the evening
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photo by: mountaingirl