|Dingboche and Chukkung|
|Days 15 and 16: We descended from Kala Pattar all the way back to the Pheriche area in one day. Instead of going back to Pheriche, though, we went over the ridge to Dingboche, where we would be closer to the Island Peak approach. The next day, we walked up towards Chukkung, one day west of Island Peak; the walk gave us a stunning view of the back of Ama Dablam.|
The ridge shown below, host to the Chukkung Glacier, extended back behind Ama Dablam. It looked spectacular. And absolutely unclimbable. (Too bad!)
Notice the icefall tumbling down the slope; you can see a glacier's entire life cycle in this picture. Snow builds up near the top, compresses into ice, slides down the slope (breaking up as it goes), and dissolves into a stream of meltwater at the glacier's terminal moraine.
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