Day 10 Letdar - High Camp (4850m)
Dealing with considerable altitude, we took it easy today but still made good time! Really icy conditions this morning when we set out for Thorong Phedi at 7am. The tips of my fingers were icy cold so I sauntered along like an ould one, hands jammed in my pockets and felt much better! The beautiful AP III and Gungapurna were shining brightly behind us and a deep valley to our left sported green scrub bushes and purple, heather-like vegetation along its stony face. We wound along the right side of the valley, up and down and then crossed to the other side and proceeded along the shale and scree there, taking in the sheer scree covered wall of rock across from us, huge boulders jutting out precariously now and then.
Our guide led us gingerly through a notorious landslide area and just after 9am we reached a town that I thought would provide a welcome chai stop, but was actually Thorong Phedi (4450m), our destination! We ordered lunch, definitely the earliest lunch break either of us has ever had and settled back with our chai to drink in the magic views. From the next guide that came along we learned that we narrowly missed a landslide in that notorious area, our friend Joe, was not so lucky but he came away unscathed thankfully.
Having acclimatised for an hour or so, we headed off for high camp. Thankfully, the altitude bothered neither of us and we arrived at high camp (4,850m) just over an hour later, having been treated to fantastic views of peaks, ridges and glaciers along the way. Still feeling energetic so climbed a little incline and had the whole valley open up before us, magic. The only thing that could make this area more beautiful would be the ability to use the latrines without the fear of getting sick on the spot, pretty they aint but we weren't planning on being there for long, a very early start was billed. Headed to bed early with this in mind, wearing just about everything we had with us. It was this night that long johns made it very close to the top of my list of favourite things !! I slept very well, unusual at such altitude but Damian spent a more restless night and was glad to hear the alarm go off at 2.30am.