Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thorung Phedi

Wednesday 21.4.2010 Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi (Day 11)

Looking back to Yak Kharka

This last day before crossing the Thorung La is fortunately a short day. We climb only 400 meters and walking distance is relatively short. The day is windy and head wind will blow dust against our faces. Slowly and leisurely we walk towards Thorung Phedi, which lies on the bottom of the pass. We plan to climb still to Thorung High Camp for overnight, but when we are enjoying our lunch at Thorung Phedi and resting before 400 meters ascending on the steep slope, it will start to snow. There are dark clouds on the sky and after making the estimation of the weather we decide to stay overnight here than start for 1,5 hours climb on this weather to higher slopes. On the afternoon we have a walk and descend to the river some 100 meters below the lodges. The last rays of sunshine are hitting the river and when the sun is setting behind the mountains is time to get back and have a dinner at the warmth of the lodge. We have early wakeup at the morning, at 4AM and therefore we are going to sleep very early today. There’s no sign of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and I’m pretty sure we don’t have any problems tomorrow to pass the highest pass on this trek. So far the trek has been succeeding amazingly well :)

Altitude : 4400 m, Trekking time: 6,5 hours

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