Chukhung - Island Peak High Camp
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November 1st, 2008 – by: cja17
As the team would return to Chukkung the following day, most of our kit was left behind to help our Sherpa skeleton crew - we would be back in the tents tonight at high camp - no more comfy lodges, stoves and chat...
Now firmly back up to 5000m, our trek up to High Camp was predictably spectacular. Above Chukkung are a sequence of Drumlin like hills, then a flood plain below the rapidly growing Imja Tsho lake which has formed below the glacier since the 1950s. Eventually, like Sabai Tsho over in the Hinku Valley, the lake will burst its banks and cascade, tusnami like, down the Khumbu Valley, causing untold destruction, but for us it was just another awesome natural feature.
Just before lunch we passed through the official Island Peak Base Camp, full of tents and trekkers going up or coming down. From there we turned, leaving the valley and starting our climb up the peak's lower scree slopes. By mid-afternoon, we were at High Camp, in a jumble of rocks at 5400m. No water, no level ground - just smiling sherpas, noodle soup and, at least until the sun went down, a warm tent.
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