In the evening we talked with the guys who came from the Cho La pass. Everyone was able to overcome the pass in 10-11 hours, and they started from the village, which is six kilometers closer than our planned destination tomorrow. Mentally prepared for a long day of walking, got up early and at 6 am were already moving to the pass. However, we reached the pass at 9 am. And at 11 in the morning we were already in the village where our interlocutors left yesterday ...
In my opinion, the pass is easy to go, but it is highly desirable to use crampons. A rope is hung along the entire pass, which you can hold on to if it suddenly becomes completely uncomfortable. But we didn’t need it - it’s not at all slippery to walk in crampons. Most of the steep sections have steps.
I was at the Cho La pass about 10 years ago. Since then, the glacier on the pass has decreased in thickness by fifteen meters and the trail has become completely different, much simpler.
After the pass, a beautiful view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse from Lhotse and Lobuche. There are almost no tourists on the trail, we met only a couple of groups. But quite a lot of people gathered in Lobucha in the evening, almost like a couple of days ago in Gokyo.
There is still no connection, but you can buy an Everestlink card and get Internet access at a decent speed. 1GB costs 700 rupees.