Machhermo (4470) to Gokyo lakes (4790)
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Wake up: 6:00am
On the road: 7:35am
Steep climb out of Machermo, till: 8:00am
Nepali Flat walk till 9:30am
Climb up via some stairs till: 10:15am
Reached Gokyo: 11:50am
Today morning was sunny with no clouds at 6am. But that was about to change as around 7am I could see a few clouds coming up from the valley bellow and coming in very fast. The clouds were rising up from the valley and soon it started engulfing the whole village. Within a span of 10-15 min, the whole place was covered with clouds and the visibility dropped to a few feet. This meant that we would not get views of the snow peaked mountains around us and it would be a walk in the cold.
The clouds stayed with us for the first 2 hours of the walk over relatively flat surface till we reached the start of our climb. There are a few stone stairs with the river flowing on one side, not much water, but we could not get a good view of the valley due to the clouds. Just around the final climb before reaching the Gokyo lakes, the clouds started to clear a bit and we were getting our first glimpse of the mountain peaks all around us. The view was really surreal as the peaks were poking out of the clouds. We reached the lakes in just over 4 hours.
After crossing a bridge at the top, over the river, we reached the 1st lake and felt that the view was worth the climb of the past few days.
The 2nd lake was partly frozen and the view was simply breathtaking, the photos looked black and white, the lake covered with snow, black land and mountains. This was the view for which I had trekked all these days and I was enjoying each of the moment. The 3rd lake, bigger than the first two, is just in front of the Gokyo village and that too was frozen with thin ice.
After lunch I retired to my room as it was a long walk at over 4500 meters altitude and needed some rest. Evening had some snacks and tea and could see the weather changing again. It was cloudy since late afternoon but now it started raining and snowing. Not a good sign as I needed to reach Gokyo peak and cross the Renjo la pass in the next few days, so was looking forward to the views from the top. Around 3pm, a group of Japanese came up slowly, most of them were elderly, walking in the falling snow in the straight file and made it till there lodges. I did not see any other trekker coming in after myself, other than these folks.
We were gathered in the dinner room and dinner was around 6:30pm, had some garlic noodles with soup. Outside it was dark but still cloudy and so no stars and it was freezing cold. I had finished reading my book in the afternoon, so now there was nothing else to read, to pass the time, so ended up sitting idle, looking outside the window in the dark for some time before retiring for the day. But could not get sleep and kept going to the toilet frequently. It was a squat type toilet so had to struggle with the layers of clothes, not a good feeling when the temperature is below zero degrees. But cannot help it as if you gotta go, then you gotta go. Later at night the clouds cleared and the stars were out, shining brightly than ever.