Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tsokha to Dzongri

Today was going to be one of the more strenuous days of the climb. As usual we started off after a nice breakfast.

After a tiring climb we were at Phedang. A small camping site with snow-capped peaks all around. However Phedang is not a preferred camping site due to a lack of water source. We rested for around half an hour, munching on some snacks we were carrying.

Another steep climb later we were at Devrali, the highest point that we would reach today. And also... the first Kanchenjunga views

From hereon there was snow on either side of the trail

We were now at an altitude of over 4000 mtrs. The hot sun, high altitude and piercing while reflections from the snow were taking its toll. By now, all of us we feeling minor symptoms of altitude sickness. Taking frequent stops we finally reached Dzongri. A quick lunch and we were in our tents resting. The symptoms persisted till late into the night. Sleep was hard to come by. Lines from 'Into Thin Air' came to my mind... 'Attempting to climb Everest is an intrinsically irrational act - a triumph of desire over sensibility'

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