From the town of Chhukung in a short 3-hour r/t. Beautiful cloudy day. Lots of wind!
It was a great adventure.
Acclimatization walk up mountain.
It was extremely windy last night, but we awoke to only a stiff breeze. The climb of Chhukhung Ri was on!
After a nice breakfast of pancakes and porridge, we headed up the mountain. We made good progress and admired the yaks, including a huge one that was the biggest that I ever seen. He must have been the alpha male.
We continued up the steep track to the saddle between the two Chhukhung Ri peaks. We decided to climb the lower peak (17,772 feet/5417 meters) first. It was very windy and cold on top, but the views were spectacular. After climbing the lower peak, we descended to the saddle and climbed the higher peak (18,238 feet/5559 meters). It had some tricky scrambling and the climb took much longer than it looked.
The exposed scrambling was similar to Pyramid Peak in Colorado and Kessler got really tired just before the top. It was the highest peak that he had ever climbed.
The views from the higher peak were even more spectacular than the first peak, but it was very windy and cold so we didn’t spend that much time on the summit.
We were right there in front of the huge faces of Nuptse and Lhotse and could look down on all the glaciers. The views of Makalu were spectacular as well. It was the grandest mountain scene that I have ever laid eyes on.
After enjoying the summit, it was a long hike back to Chhukhung. It was a very rewarding climb, but the second peak was little harder than expected and due to the long and tiring day before (Dingboche to Island Peak Basecamp and back to Chhukhung) and the extreme winds and cold, it wasn’t that easy of a day.
Both summits December 21 2012.
nice and easy walk rewarded by some great views...
Reached the summit in 3 hours (walked slowly) in nice weather.
Went up from Chukkung and past some people acclimatising for Island Peak. Good views with some clouds went I got to the rim (2hrs). I went to the lower summit first (from the rim left) but then all the clouds came in and it started snowing and the actual summit disappeared, so I skipped it and went down. Went to Island Peak basecamp, the Imjo Lake and glacier the next morning in a clear sky, impressive views!
Spectacular views from the summit. It was a good acclimatization peak for Island Peak.
Class view of the Nuptse's from here,
Acclimatisation for Island Peak...beautiful views of Makalu, Lhotse, Island, Ama Dablam, the list goes on...
A great hike with unbelievable views. Couldn't have asked for better weather
Great panorama, the third peak on our 3 week trip in Nepal.
Hiked up from Chukkung for acclimatisation before Island. In this day i went from Dingboche to Chukkung (2,5 hours) and start from Chukkung at 11-00. Summit at 13-00.
Hiked up for acclimatisation during our "rest" day at Dingboche.
I skipped this hike on my first trip throught the Khumbu, so I made it a priority this time. Jaw dropping views of the Lhotse wall and South(-ish) to Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and Island Peak. Definitley recommended (as is entire Chukung valley) if you go to the Khumbu.
I don't remember the exact date, but I do remember fantastic scenery. I also remember some scrambling on the final summit ridge.
Awesome day and a great half day hike! I choose this peak over kala pattar after going to Gokyo and over the Cho La Pass and it was well worth it!
Climbed In april 2005, very cloudy and cold, during the descend we had very bad weather and a lot of snow