Day 11, rest day in Manang - 3,540 mt
Trip Start Sep 13, 2009
31Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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Where I stayed
The Yak Hotel, Manang
We're actually here! Last big stop before the pass - it's only 2 days away. Now the important discussion centres around where to sleep, Thorung Phedi or High camp. High camp will save an hour or more in the morning but it's sometimes more difficult to sleep, depending on how well aclimitised you are. I'm more excited now, where I'd just been feeling nervous in the past few days; that I wouldn't be able to do it.
Doing the washing this morning was like a meditation, or karma yoga. Brenden and I took everything down to the tap in the inner courtyard of the hotel with a bar of soap and rubbed away, then wrung it all out by hand. It's now hanging outside our room on the top floor....we're used to the stairs now and realise that it's good to be at the top - usually that's where the food is, and the sunshine
Ok we've just been on the net - 650 r for half an hour; very steep! Found out the Cats won, Poppy will be happy. we also attended the talk on AMS prevention, given by the guys we met in Chame who'd lost their porters. Bought some Diamox and decided to stay here an extra night too. Tomorrow we'll hike up to the gompa. Bought some more bikkies and sardines to save money on food. I actually ate a whole meal tonight - macaroni carbonara.
Just had a surreal moment as I was writing - sitting here amongst the highest mountains in the world, listening to Sting. Pinch me.