This is our second day in Pheriche we are now well above the tree line and into high altitude the area is very baron with open dusty areas and leading to the edges of high mountains.
Today we climb to a height above 5 thousand metres for the first time to achieve this we climb a peak called Nagarchang Ri and affectionately know as “Little Bugger” by our guide Richard. Within one hour of our start we had different names for this peak. It’s been tough going for the last few days but today by far is the toughest. Some of us are now on Diamox to combat altitude sickness this drug opens up the cells in your lungs and lets more oxygen into your red blood cells and it works. This is a monster we start after breakfast at sub zero temperatures ( about the same as our bedrooms) and start to climb very slowly the first hour is up then a short respite as we cross a ridge then up again. As I said earlier the hole terrain is very baron so there is no protection from the biting wind and burning sun. As we go up through we come across many piles of stones laid by relatives of local people that have died and once again many of them guides from Mount Everest expeditions.
After 4 hours we reach the summit and the views are spectacular with mountains 360 degrees including. Island Peak, Ama Dablam,and many others
Then it was the trek back down which was not easy either with many of us slipping and slide on the lose rocks and sand.
This height is just below that is required for Kala Patar so today hopefully will put us in good stead for next couple of days.
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Steve and the Drek Trek Team