Today’s hike was very easy. The steepest climb was right after Manang but lasted only 40 minutes or so and then we continued on Nepali flat for another 3 hours (total elevation gained was 510m). It snowed last night and the views were amazing today – clear skies, snowy peaks glittering, no haze – perfection. I will try to upload the pics so you can see for yourself. We had a short tea break in the middle with great views and even greater chocolate danish from Manang’s local bakery
We reached Yak Kharka (4090m) around noon and after lunch we did an acclimatization walk to get 200m higher. I must say my head was hurting a bit since we are over 4000 meters but after the walk (and one ibuprofen) everything went back to normal.
I’m testing what my stomach can handle since morning – first muesli, then the choco danish, macaroni with tomato sauce for dinner… Well, so far so good I must say, will see what the macaroni will do to me And if everything goes well, I hope I won’t have any problems crossing Thorong La.
For info, Yak Kharka is very small and quite cold village, probably only 6 lodges offer accommodation here and there’s also no Ncell.. Wifi works only sometimes and there are yaks all around. Yak Kharka = Yak pastures. So that’s probably it.
And because it’s ALREADY after 8, I’m gonna sleep soon There’s nothing else to do anyway – dining hall is cold, everywhere is dark (will watch the stars tomorrow when we are higher) and the warmest place to be right now is in my sleeping bag. So it’s pretty easy decision I envy the couples that are hiking together though, cuddling at night.. Because human warmth can never be replaced with bottle filled with hot water, strategically placed in your sleeping bag.. Haha. So, next time maybe?
And until then I need to think of those Himalayan monks that are drying wet sheets on their bodies when there’s -30 outside – being cold is only in my head, right?