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Wednesday, 20 November 2019: Amphu Lapsta Base Camp, South (c. 5600m) - Imja Khola camp (c. 5000m)
Trek Day 18
Route: Cross Amphu Lapsta / Amphu Lapste / Amphu Labtsa / Amphu Lapcha / Amphu Labcha (5780m). Descend to Imja Khola camp (c. 5000m).
Crossing the pass entailed crunching over moraine, then rope and crampons to jumar up the glacier snow slopes to the pass.
On the Imja Khola side, a steep, steep descent clipped onto a roped route, with a short abseiling section over large rock outcrop.
Once down in the bowl of the Ambulapcha glacial valley, it was a long trek over easy sand then turf towards Imja Tsho's southern moraine wall before heading west to reach camp next to the Imja Khola. Another long day.
Camp: Imja Khola camp.
Read more on Sparkly Trainers: Mera Peak - Amphu Lapsta Pass - Island Peak with Val Pitkethly.