Trekking up a very large mound of earth

Trip Start Sep 07, 2004
Trip End Aug 15, 2005

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Monday, November 8, 2004

Oooooouuuucch!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rich and I have extremely saw legs, blisters all over our feet and we're walking like 2 old and decrepid pensioners after our trek yesterday! Because I wasn't up for doing any serious mountain climbing or full-on trekking due to a pair of tar-battered lungs and a distinct lack of exercise in the last few months, we asked a tour operator for a 'steady' 1 day trek "Oh yes, it'll be a lovely walk in the countryside up to the 'snow line'" He said. Ah yes that'll be just perfect I thought: a nice meander half way up a mountain and back down again - no problem. Instead we walked up the steepest mountain which is 3300 meters (Snowden is only 1000!) for 8 hours whilst I was experiencing pain like I'd never done before - I never knew my heart could beat so fast! Every 10 mins I had to stop for 15 seconds whilst our guide and Rich marched on up like the fit big boys do, making me feel weak and pathetic. Well would you believe it friends and family but we were actually overtaking people all the way up, and no, not cripples, pensioners and the blind, no, real healthy, young people, including a group of Tibetan lads in their 20's! - yes, those people that live in the some of the world's harshest environment, those that have trekked through the Himalayas getting frostbite on their way to seek asylum in neighbouring countries, oh yes! Infact they gave us some Tibetan food to help keep you going in such circumstances which was made out of Barley, sugar, salt and butter, which probably kept me from collapsing with exhaustion.
At the start of our ascent we walked through forest with tiny little streams trickling down with beautiful lush surroundings, occasionally opening out to release fantastic views of the surrounding hills and mountains, as we got higher up the mountain the trees thinned out to gorse bushes and craggy rocky slopes with goats proving themselves fantastic climbers and occasionally a shepherd's dwelling, at one of these dwellings were about 30 baby goats in a pen looking oh so sweet and cuddly so we grabbed a quick photo. So we got to the top at 12.30pm and there was snowline in the distance, a mountain much taller than ours looking beautiful and snow-capped. So we had some curry and chappatis and some well deserved chai and headed down again but down the other side. It was such a steep and rocky climb down and due to the fact I had worked my thigh muscles like never before they were wobbling and shaking all the way down making it so much harder to negotiate my footwork. But I am reet proud of myself as even Rich said he'd never been on a walk like that before.
So today, the plan is to eat, drink and sleep, the only things getting a work-out on my body today are my fingers writing this travel logue!

See photos of walk on previous entry.

Ta ta for now,
Liz and rich
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