Gosaikunda Lakes

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The elusive Paldor Peak, center, as seen from just below Thulo Syabru The elusive Paldor Peak, center, as seen from just below Thulo Syabru Dendi and Sudan on the last steps up to the paradise of Thulo Syabru Dendi and Sudan on the last steps up to the paradise of Thulo Syabru Sunny terraces with the snowy mountains of Gosaikunda close by Sunny terraces with the snowy mountains of Gosaikunda close by Rooftop jungle of solar panels, prayer flags and Himal in Thulo Syabru Rooftop jungle of solar panels, prayer flags and Himal in Thulo Syabru Elevation and weather change quickly in Langtang . . . here on the hilltop three hours above sunny and warm Thulo Syabru, it's cool, breezy and snowy Elevation and weather change quickly in Langtang . . . here on the hilltop three hours above sunny and warm Thulo Syabru, it's cool, breezy and snowy Red rhodendron flowers and white snow Red rhodendron flowers and white snow The spectacular trail to Gosaikunda is on the snowy spine of this ridge and has spectacular views in all directions The spectacular trail to Gosaikunda is on the snowy spine of this ridge and has spectacular views in all directions Porters carrying big, heavy loads through the rest area of Cholangpati Porters carrying big, heavy loads through the rest area of Cholangpati Finnish-Sherpa summit talks Finnish-Sherpa summit talks The frigid "village" of Laurebina Yak is a welcoming sight . . . but only slightly The frigid "village" of Laurebina Yak is a welcoming sight . . . but only slightly Gosaikunda Lakes and its collection of lodges Gosaikunda Lakes and its collection of lodges The approaching clouds and sunset create a heavenly scene in Gosaikunda The approaching clouds and sunset create a heavenly scene in Gosaikunda Dendi Sherpa with the innkeeper of Gosaikunda and her son Dendi Sherpa with the innkeeper of Gosaikunda and her son Beginning the march from Gosaikunda towards the high pass of Laurebina La Beginning the march from Gosaikunda towards the high pass of Laurebina La Dendi Sherpa and his buddy, Gompu, ecstatic to be climbing up yet another big hill Dendi Sherpa and his buddy, Gompu, ecstatic to be climbing up yet another big hill Switchbacks make the trail easier . . . Switchbacks make the trail easier . . . . . . more switchbacks . . . more switchbacks A snowy scene with the faraway peaks of the 8000 meter Manaslu on the left, and the Ganesh Himal to the right A snowy scene with the faraway peaks of the 8000 meter Manaslu on the left, and the Ganesh Himal to the right Approaching the summit of the Laurebina La (15,400 ft) Approaching the summit of the Laurebina La (15,400 ft) Prepping for a few minutes of picture-taking on the summit of Laurebina La Prepping for a few minutes of picture-taking on the summit of Laurebina La Laurebina La! Laurebina La! The view from Laurebina south towards Kathmandu, which can be reached in three or four days The view from Laurebina south towards Kathmandu, which can be reached in three or four days Laurebina La from the south with snow Laurebina La from the south with snow Laurebina La, 15,400 ft, with no snow, a perfect and beautiful pass between Gosaikunda and Helambu Laurebina La, 15,400 ft, with no snow, a perfect and beautiful pass  between Gosaikunda and Helambu