Asia | Nepal – Setting up camp….
22.11.02 – 23.11.02
After a few hours of slow ascend, through lots of rocky paths or rather rocky non-paths, were on the ridge to Ama Dablam
and find that once weve passed it, the yaks cant go any further
its one big field of rocks, strewn about by the Ama Dablam glacier. And when I say rocks, I mean huge rocks
We decide to unpack the yaks here, take as much as we can with us and come back for the rest later tonight or tomorrow it means Ive added my sleeping bagf and some snowstakes to my already not too light rucksack – nothing compared to our staff though who disappear rapidly with huge loads into this rocky labyrinth, as does Victor. Jo and myself stay with our cook and take it easy, as its very unsteady going. Even so, its a bit scary – we dont know exactly where were going, just a general direction and the heavy rucksack bloody well unbalances me when I try to scramble over the rocks I feel my legs, my arms, my back and ask myself what on earth Ive got myself into
Am tremendously happy when we finally see our new BC with one of the tents already standing! And not much later Victor comes towards us and offers to take my rucksack. At first I courageously decline, but then decide that this isnt the place or time to hang onto any false pride and happily turn my rucksack over to Victor.
From the yaktrack to our BC has taken me 1.5 hours and Im pretty much exhausted. We get organised, tents up and talk some over a bowl of hot Rara noodle soup. Sonam and Victor have gone out to pick up more of our stuff from the yaktrack and were all having an early evening.
Charles & myself (we share a tent, the difference in warmth in your tent with 1 or 2 person is amazing! Also, its not as if we were short of things to carry around, so an extra tent was certainly not an option
) wake up lazily as the sun is already on the tent. The others have gone off to pick up the last of our gear.
Easy breakfast out in the sun and when everybodys back, were off to do some serious walking, direction Mingbo La glacier.
Ombigaichan looks pretty impressive from where we are! Steep!
In the evening its mess tent. Once again, back to basics – no nice heater inside the tent as we had in ABC, just a lamp, so we keep on our nice and warm duvet jackets, fleece hats and duvet trousers to stay warm.
Hot soups also does wonders to warm you up and the Dal Bhat is just the thing to replenish your energy.
Its down to just the four of us (H was ill and had to stay in ADBC) and our Nepali staff, Gyenye, Ekka, Syrendra (cooking) and Sonam (climbing).
Having nothing around but yourselves does wonders for your imagination and creativity and we spend an entertaining evening in our simple mess tent, some 5165m up in the Himalayas