May 1 2014
We feel with every step that we are at a great height. Last night we slept above 4000m altitude and it is freezing. Today we walk with the highest mountains behind us and the view is slightly less spectacular. We walk along a long scree slope on the left, where there are signs for “Landslide”.
Slowly we climb from 4000m to 4500m, on the way to Thorung Phedi. We speak to people who suffer from altitude or even take tablets. We drink a lot of water and arrive in Thorung Phedi at the end of the afternoon.
We settle in our room, an unheated room outside the main building but with lots of extra blankets. It’s fun, you’re used to it by now. You don’t need luxury and things that you normally think are luxury: a toilet that you can sit on, for example, or maybe even one that flushes. However, we do not find that above. What is luxurious, however, is the semi-cozy restaurant with a few radiant heaters in the main building. It is relatively pleasant here.
Here we also meet a Ukrainian activist blogger who lives in Russia. He is very sick of the altitude, but has made a competition with a friend of his and walks the entire route in 6 days. Without acclimatization. We didn’t see him again, but later heard from others that he made it.
In the evening there is a little bit of snow, but it is not much. We go to bed very early, because we are now almost at the main goal: Thorung La, the pass of 5416m height. The idea is to leave fairly early and climb to High Camp. From there we continue, cross the pass and descend to Muktinath (3860m).
Read more about my Annapurna Circuit trek:
Annapurna Circuit day 1: Kathmandu – Besisahar – Bhulbule
Annapurna-Circuit day 2: Bhulbule – Ghermu
Annapurna Circuit day 3: Ghermu – Tal
Annapurna Circuit day 4: Tal – Timang
Annapurna Circuit day 5: Timang – Dhikur Pokhari
Annapurna Circuit day 6: Dhikur Pokhari – Ngawal
Annapurna Circuit day 7: Ngawal-Manang
Annapurna-Circuit day 8: Milarepa’s Cave
Annapurna Circuit day 9: Manang – Yak Kharka
Annapurna Circuit day 10: Yak Kharka -Thorung Phedi
Annapurna Circuit day 11: Thorung Phedi – High Camp
Annapurna Circuit day 12: High Camp – Muktinath
Annapurna Circuit dag 13: Muktinath – Marpha
Annapurna Circuit day 14: Marpha – Beni