Trip Start Mar 15, 2008
11Trip End Mar 30, 2008
Day One: Today we commence three days of trekking and camping, with some serious altitude gains in the first two days. We get off to a somewhat wobbly start as we learn that the luggage truck has already returned to Thimphu. After dropping us at the trailhead, the bus must return to Wangi to get it. We also learn that because of the upcoming election on the 24th, several of the pony drivers requested have not shown up, and we must reduce the amount of luggage being carried during the trek. Even with all the reshuffling of gear, we are still on the trail by 10am, and it is a steep climb from the very beginning
Day Two: More uphill trekking today, but the grade isn't as steep as yesterday. We surmount a pass at over 11,000 feet elevation. Our starting elevation was about 3,500 feet, so that tells you how far we have climbed. We drop down into a broad valley and make camp in a field that is winter home to a herd of yaks. It is amazing to be sharing our camp with these shaggy beasts! Another fabulous dinner: fish, mixed vegetables, eggplant with cheese, potatoes, and apples for dessert. I'm in bed by 8:30pm.
Day Three: This morning we visit a milk coop where local farmers bring their milk every morning and it is processed into cheese. Next we visit two nearby temples - one is only 100 years old, and the other is several centuries old. We start the final leg of our trek by climbing over a third pass, but we are hardened to the climbing by now