Today’s walking has been easy and short but this was necessary for acclimatisation. We started at the usual time and checked into the hotel by 1000. I’m not having any problems with altitude so far: I’m feeling fine and I’m not showing any symptoms of AMS. The only thing is that I’m getting out of breath quicker (I soon get it back during a rest though) and that it’s floppin’ freezing in the shade if you’re not moving. Yakkharkha isn’t on the map so I got Dawa (my guide) to write it down for me so I could spell it correctly. I also got him to write down “bistari” and his name for the same reason. It was then that I found out that he is a Sherpa. His full name is “Dawa Gelgen Sherpa” which I find cool.
I have an awesome view down the valley of Gangapurna from my room. Also, Dawa just called me as a herd of Blue Sheep were on the hillside, so I’ve taken some shots of them. Also, Natalie and Paul are staying in the same hotel, so that’s good too. Tomorrow it’s only a few hours to Thorong Phedi and then the day after it’s the Thorong La, which’ll be good. Just outside the village we crossed a tiny stream which had twigs covered in ice in the style of wb-skinner, such as:
I went back down and did an impromptu photo shoot but I’m not too hopeful due to the back drop, still, it’s good to have seen it though.