Wednesday 28th April 1982: Dulay to Gokyo (7 miles)
I had an even later start (08:30) but it was a glorious morning. I walked slowly to Gokyo (15,500 ft) arriving at the New Tea Shop, by Gokyo Lake, at 14:00. All the villages between Dulay and Gokyo seemed deserted with the possible exception of Pangka. Gokyo was quite busy with trekkers, although I only passed one leaving the area on my way up. No sign of any more Grandalas was a big disappointment and no hoped-for Snow Partridges either although a Himalayan Rubythroat and three species of accentor were nice, and avian evidence of being above the tree line.
Birds seen: Black Kite 1, Golden Eagle 1, Ruddy Shelduck 2, Pintail 2, Tibetan Snowcock 6, Snow Pigeon 30, Rufous Turtle Dove 3, Olive-backed Pipit 2, Rosy Pipit 12, Brown Dipper 1, Rufous-breasted Accentor 2, Robin Accentor 1, Alpine Accentor 3, Himalayan Rubythroat 1 male, Blue-fronted Redstart 25, Plumbeous Redstart 1, River Chat 5, Blue Whistling Thrush 1, Tickell’s Warbler 2, Alpine Chough 1, Chough 15, Large-billed Crow 15, Hodgson’s Mountain Finch 20, Beautiful Rosefinch 1, White-winged Grosbeak 3.
|view south from Dulay to Phortse|
|trail between Dulay and Gokyo|
|first lake at Gokyo|
|lodges, huts and tents by Gokyo Lake|
|Gokyo Peak from Gokyo Lake, a 2000 foot climb I was not particularly looking forward to in thhe morning|