The Ghondogoro La 5,940m from the Ali Camp at 5,010m. The route follows the shadow in the centre of the photo. On Day 11, after sleepless and cold night at the Ali Camp, we started our ascent at 2 am. We crossed the glacier in roped teams looking out for hidden crevasses. We then started the 930m ascent arriving at the top of the pass at sunrise. We had beautiful weather and good visibility and low wind. We had to cross some funky sections with large seracs looming overhead. We also had to cross a few crevasses along the way up. Once on top, our porters smoked K2 cigarets and drank garlic tea that was supposed to be good for altitude. We took many photos and admired the early morning view. From the top, we could see K2 and the Gasherbrums rising from behind the nearby ridge. Four 8,000m mountains are visible from the pass. The view to the south was much better with Laila Peak rising majestically over the glacier below. This is one of the most spectacular passes in the Karakoram.
The descent from the pass was steep and rocky. There was a fixed rope put in place and we could use it to repell down. The rockfall danger was present on this section of the descent. Once off the 50 degrees section of the descent, we could relax a little. We arrived at the Ghondogoro High Camp at 4,800m in mid afternoon. We were quite tired from two days of walking the the sleepless night.