We’re gradually progressing up to base camp. Arrvied at Nyalam (nicknamed ‘The Gate of Hell’ by the Nepalese traders) yesterday morning to a street full of dogs and yaks running about causing havoc. We have been told to be careful and not to get too close to the dogs in case they bite you, as a couple of years ago a climber was bitten and had to travel all the way back to Kathmandu to get his rabies jabs!
After negoitiating the dogs and dumping our daybags in our hotel rooms (which are in fact very nice, 2 to a room, both with your own double bed, full air conditioning and plasma TVs) we set out on an acclimatisation walk up to 4100m. At the top there were some nice looking boulders, so some of us made up a few climbing routes and had fun trying to complete them while others relaxed and took in the views.
After an hour or so we all set off back down to Nyalam for dinner. About half way down when asked the time I realised that I had left my watch up at the top, as I had taken it off when doing the boulder problems. So while everyone else proceeded downhill, I had to jog back up to collect it – Good training I guess!
After a good feed of rice, more rice and more rice for dinner we all retreated to our rooms. Unfortunately on entering my room I was greeted with a spider hanging above my bed, which was, no exaggeration, the size of a crab! After trying to catch the spider for a couple of minutes we decided it was pointless, as it was as fast as Usain bolt on steroids! So we had to settle down for the night knowing this crab spider was lurking somewhere in our room.
Even with the spider in my room I managed to have a surprisingly good nights sleep. We all got up early to have breakfast for 7:00, then climbed up to 4400m and spent some time up there acclimatising before returning down for lunch in Nyalam at about 2:00.
Tomorrow we will be driving up to Tingri. On the drive up we will be climbing to a plateau of 5000m before descending again to 4500m. Here we will once again spend two days before moving on up to base camp.
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