Sunday, October 09, 2011
Yading Big Kora Map: Day 1, Chonggu Si to First Pass., originally uploaded by jiulong.
Yading Big Kora Map: Shoulder (4th pass) looking back, originally uploaded by jiulong.
When you reach the fourth pass, you can look back and see the route you have travelled down the Lawatong valley from the Yaka Pass. Great views of Jambeyang (left) and Chanadorje (right).
Not quite the same view, but it gives you the idea of seeing the route you have travelled:
The fourth pass is a major milestone, where the hard slog ends and you switch direction 90 degrees to head north again over relatively level terrain:
Here's typical terrain heading towards the fifth pass:
This is the view looking down from the rather gentle Fifth Pass - almost a non-pass, really. It's not apparent here, but the big lump of schist known as 'Rock's rock' is at the centre of the grass bowl at the bottom of the pass. This pic is from near the top of the fifth pass.
This pic is of the area around 'Rock's rock', looking back at the fifth pass.
This is the view looking down from the sixth pass to the lake 'Zumi Ho', Shenrezig in the backgound. Jambeyang is just out of picture to the right, and is even more imposing.
It's quite a steep descent that requires a bit of scrambling over rocks. Here's a picture of the same spot, paying off our porters, who wanted to run ahead and get home that same day!
(Pic by Peter Jost).
Here is a picture of the three-way pass, as we approached it from the lake. The kora continues to the left, while the short cut back down in to the Luorong valley is straight ahead (you can see Chanadorje peeping out to the right).
Thursday, October 06, 2011
My flight ticket also turned out to effectively be non-refundable/changeable as well. Hint - don't ever book with Zuji, unless you like making long futile calls to Indian call centres.
Ah well, perhaps next year.