Lamunie - Goeche La Trek Days 4-5
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We basically retraced our last evening and this morningâ€™s short hikes on the path to Lamunie crossing the river on log bridges and slippery rocks several times. Other than a little up and down, the path is pretty flat, rising to 4,300 meters or so (about 14,100 feet) and by 11:30 we reached the really nice and remote campsite. The views up the valley and towards the Goeche La pass and the mountains were great, but the fog once again slowly and eerily started rolling in. We had an early lunch and afterwards, Cindy opted to nap and stay at camp (her head was aching a bit from the altitude) and Carl, Karin, their guide and I headed off for the hour or so hike up to
Meanwhile, back at camp, Cindy awoke from her nap and was treated to views of a small group of Yaks including a mom and baby yak. She watched them and luckily stayed somewhat distant as we were told later by Thupten that they are very protective and will charge anyone or anything to protect their young. As Carl, Karin and I returned to camp, the fog really started rolling in and next came the rain. Under the circumstances, not much to do other than climb in the tent, bundle up and listen to audio books. We fell asleep to the pitter patter of rain on the tent, hoping that it wouldnâ€™t leak.
Later that afternoon, we heard Thupten saying my name (this was the first and only time he did and we had earlier wondered if he had any idea what our names wereâ€¦) and telling us we should wake up as the sky had cleared and there were good views of Pandim and Khangchendzonga.
Dinner was abundant if a bit chilly in the dining tent where Thupten explained the legend of the Goeche La pass (which apparently means â€śLock Passâ€ť or something like that) and the Tibetan monks who crossed it after being shown the way by the mountain god. The three of them went on to coronate a king in Yuksom and started the long Choygal dynasty briefly described in the first
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