Yaks, Everest and Altitude Sickness.
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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After 5 minutes driving both Mikey and I both felt so pleased that we have made the decision to come this route
Other highlights on the drive were; seeing herds of Yaks and even tiny Yak babies *, playing with an adorable fluffy mountain puppy at one of the many checkpoints, lunch in a cosy mountain restaurant warmed by jasmine tea and a roaring central stove, and best of all glimpsing Everest in the distance. There is something so spectacular about the highest mountain in the world, and struggling to walk 50m to pee behind a rock at 5000m, I have no idea how anyone climbs at 8000m!
When we reached the town we were supposed to be staying in and seeing that it was indeed pretty deserted and wild, we agreed to continue for another 2 hours to Shigatse, lured by the promise of a hot shower
On arrival the hotel rooms were spacious and it was lovely to be on our own, but they were FREEZING!!! Hot water or not, there was no way I was having a shower and then having wet hair. Also the loo didn’t flush and after Mikey’s first visit, the bathroom became a no-go zone. Remembering Bear Grylls’ survival advice that it was most important to get warm first, then think about food, Mikey and I jumped into bed in coats and hats and covered ourselves with two duvets. He was wretched having not eaten since the morning’s toast (he spent lunch asleep in the car again) and my head felt like it was going to explode. The Lonely Planet said altitude sickness starts like a terrible hangover and they are completely right
We were too miserable and cold to get up and feeling too sick to eat so we cowered under the duvet and watched a Chinese version of The Wall. (the game where they have that big foam wall with funny shaped holes in it advancing on people dressed in lycra suits and they have to make shapes to fit through it or it knocks them into a pool of water. ) Anyway despite being in Chinese it was pretty funny as Chinese people are really scared of the water and made some great faces when they fell in.
Lying in bed with your heart pounding and feeling breathless from lack of oxygen is not a comfortable feeling and it wasn’t a good night!