Asia | Nepal | Western Hills | Annapurna Mountain Range – 4450m-Thorung Phedi Base Camp: going up!

Asia | Nepal | Western Hills | Annapurna Mountain Range – 4450m-Thorung Phedi Base Camp: going up!

I must really be acclimatising well: the doctor said that one of the altitude sickness symptoms is a lack of appetite. Well, I would rather say I am suffering of the opposite!
Went yesterday evening through a plate of fried egg rice, boiled potatoes with chillies and as I was still hungry, topped it of with some very good apple crumble…
Also breakfast is a feast, with fried eggs, toast, fried potatoes, jam and tea… and sometimes a lemon sugar pancake to make sure I’m not hungry anymore…it is good I am walking so much, otherwise I would end up as a small elephant with what I am eating here!

Just arrived at around noon here in Thorung Phedi, our last or before last stop before the big day of going over the pass…
decided to go for an acclimatisation walk and as we needed to go up, thought we might as well go all the way up to High Camp at 4800m.
Already had some tea this morning at 4555m, so we are absolutely the school example today of the old acclimatisation adagium: walk high and sleep low(er)…
Was absolutely overdressed with my long johns under my trousers, so am changing before going up.

5.10 pm
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As I said, we were just planning on a short acclimatisation walk…and High Camp SEEMED like a good idea; that was before I knew it was going to be 1 hour of steep, steep climbing up the mountain…
Once up, we had some fun with THe Group who were going to celebrate one of their birtday’s that evening.
Seen the weather, Amore thought it might be a good idea to skip our night at High Camp so as not to get stuck there in a snowstorm. Knowing at that time, what this ‘little walk up’ enhanced, I wasn’t quite convinced, but hey, Amore’s been here before, so who am I to argue (yes, yes, I can be reasonable and not argumentative just for argument’s sake sometimes!).
It had another consequence; if I wanted to have a look at Annapurna from High Camp Peak, it had to be now or never! HC Peak is a small, snowy not too high peak behind the hind camp, with Thorung Phedi just lying straight below it and, cloudless sky permitted, a stunning view of Annapurna and Gangapurna. Well, not for me – after climbing up through the kneehigh snow for 15 minutes, I was rewarded with no view whatsoever of Annapurna…
Going down to High Camp again, I was starting to wonder whether I had slightly lost my marbles: the thought of having to go down to Thorung Phedi and then tomorrow morning not only having to come up again, but to have to continue over the Thorung La (the pass) seemed like absolute madness all of a sudden…
Back here now in Thorung Phedi I must admit I do feel my legs, will definitely go to bed early as we will be leaving at 5.30 am…

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