Ascending the Amphu Labsa

Ascending Amphu Labsa (~19,200‘ / 5850m), the pass separating the Imja from the Hongu Valley.
The top of the pass has the best maginable view of Lhotse South Face.
November, 1994


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dmiki - Jul 11, 2005 9:01 am - Voted 10/10

Wow, wonderful picture!

Are those ski marks or rope marks at the bottom of the picture leading to the figure? thx


Nelson - Jul 11, 2005 10:03 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow, wonderful picture!

Thanks, glad you like the shot.

Those are rope marks. I don't know of any ski descents of that pass, although people ski stuff that I find astounding. But there is a very steep and rocky drop off to left side of the photo. Though not steep the climbing was thin fresh snow covering glacial ice. The top of the pass is seen here if you are interested.


Diggler - Jul 11, 2005 12:55 pm - Voted 10/10

That is a big-ass glacier...

I can only imagine how deep those crevasses must be! Great shot.


Nelson - Jul 12, 2005 10:30 am - Hasn't voted

Re: That is a big-ass glacier...

Thanks. Actually, that is a small-ass glacier by Himalayan standards! Nonetheless I was suitably impressed and exhilierated by being in that spot. I've crossed this pass twice and both times were among my favorite days. The weather cooperated, also.

I have a 1952 book, The Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition by Eric Shipton, with a photo taken near this spot. The layers visible in the ice here are strikingly similar in that photo. Shipton and Ed Hillary were among the first to explore this region.

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