Trek to Mt Jhomohari Base Camp - Jangothang, 4010 meters

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First full glimpse of Mt Jhomohari peak, shortly after leaving Shingkharap campsite

The temperature plummeted at night at 3,500m and the ground was covered with frost early in the morning. Getting out of the warm sleeping bag and getting out into the cold was quite a task. After a nourishing breakfast of warm oatmeal, we started on the trail to Jangothang which was my favourite.

We finally saw the peak of Jhomohari shortly after being on the trail. The scenery changed as we gained altitude. The landscape changed from the alpine forests to the vastness of the highland with sturdy and thorny shrubs, Juniper trees, semi-nomadic settlements and yaks grazing in the open. The trail changed from bumpy rocks to fairly flat terrains, making walking a pleasure. It was very windy out in the vast open without the protection from the dense forests.

Vapour evaporating from the cold ground in the warm morning sun

We past by several settlements of the nomads who were mostly yak herders. Houses were also sparse at the high altitude, passing through several villages each with only a few houses. We past the second army post and had to be registered again. Because of the strong winds in the vast open, we could not find any suitable places to take a break for hot tea.  We ended up having lunch inside an empty shed at the last village before the base camp that was recently used as the voting post.

From the last village to the base camp, we had spectacular view of Jichu Drake, At 6,974m, it is located directly east of Jhomolhari and has a distinctive pyramid-shaped peak composed of razor-sharp ridges.

Jangothang is also known as Land of Ruins as a ruined fortress towered over the campsite from a rocky outcrop with coloured prayer flags spanning its forlorn walls. In the early afternoon, the clouds had already set in and even though our tent was pitched directly in front of Jhomohari, all we could see was a partial view of the glacier with the ruined Dzong in the foreground.

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First full glimpse of Mt Jhomohari…
First full glimpse of Mt Jhomohar…
Vapour evaporating from the cold g…
Vapour evaporating from the cold …
View along the trail at 3500m
View along the trail at 3500m
Mani wall along the trail
Mani wall along the trail
Passing by a mani wall
Passing by a mani wall
Tent of the nomadic yak herders
Tent of the nomadic yak herders
Another semi nomadic settlement of…
Another semi nomadic settlement o…
Kids of the nomadic yak herders
Kids of the nomadic yak herders
A yak grazing in the sun
A yak grazing in the sun
Chorten along the trail
Chorten along the trail
Vastness of the nature
Vastness of the nature
Sparse vegetation
Sparse vegetation
Juniper trees along the trail
Juniper trees along the trail
Juniper tree
Juniper tree
A stupa along the trail
A stupa along the trail
One of the few houses in this high…
One of the few houses in this hig…
One of the few houses along the tr…
One of the few houses along the t…
Mules along the trail
Mules along the trail
Mules with thick fur suitable for …
Mules with thick fur suitable for…
Mules having a drink from the river
Mules having a drink from the river
Vastness of nature
Vastness of nature
Vast nature and high mountains
Vast nature and high mountains
Locals trekking down the mountains
Locals trekking down the mountains
Moving along in the vast landscape
Moving along in the vast landscape
Moving along in the vast landscape
Moving along in the vast landscape
A small village with four houses, …
A small village with four houses,…
Jichu Drake, seen on the trail tow…
Jichu Drake, seen on the trail to…
Ruined Dzong at Jangothang base ca…
Ruined Dzong at Jangothang base c…
Our tent facing the Jhomohari moun…
Our tent facing the Jhomohari mou…
Jangothang
photo by: mountaingirl