April 14: to Dzonglha

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We left Pumori base camp, traveled back through Gorak Shep and Lobuche and headed up a side valley to Cho La, the pass into the Gokyo valley. Once we hit the side valley, we once again left the main Everest trekking route and left the crowds behind. The views to the south and east were of the same peaks we had become familiar with, but from a different angle.  We decided that any of them would be world famous if they were any place else in the world, but because they are in the shadow of Everest, they don't get much recognition. We walked on a ridge below Chola Tse, and looked up at its northeast face which rivals the Eiger in its height and difficulty, yet no one has heard of it.

We camped in a meadow below the little community of Dzonglha, at about 15,700 feet, just below the pass.

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