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December 2, 2017

Never Stop Exploring – Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 9

Today we start our climb to the highest point in our journey. We didn’t start too early though. At about 8 am when the sun was already out when we set off.

It was a hot day and it didn’t help that we were most of the time out in the open.

Along the way we saw many Blue Sheep. Mainly on the steep mountain slope. It just amazing how these creatures can bounce up and down the side without falling.We continued walking for the most part along the bank of the Jasang Khola before we stopped for a long lunch to build up our strength for the final tackle.The last part up to the Torung Phedi and High Camp was tough. 

It was a steep walk not helped by the thin oxygen and we walked very slowly so much so that by the time we reached High Camp, it was 5 pm. We had took 9 hours to walk 10 km! But we were at the 4,925 metre. But it wasn’t enough. Our guide suggested after we had put our packs in our room to take a short walk to the top – just another 10 minutes walk. And I am glad we did – because I saw the Tibetan Snowcock and this wonderful misty view of the surrounding.

The High Camp has got to be one of the coldest place in the region. Entering our little room was like entering a freezer. Everything was cold to the touch including the blanket and sleeping bag. To make it worse, the toilet was outside and to reach it, one had to walk into the open. It was a miserable night for most of us. Our only comfort was that it was our last night at this altitude and after the final summit the next morning we will be going down down down!

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