Friday (8th November) – a day of rest as we acclimatize to our high altitude and prepare for a tough challenge tomorrow. I (Steve) crossed the Rengo La Pass in May 2005. I remember it was tough but do-able. Trouble is, a few weeks ago the Indian cyclone dumped 3m (10 ft) of snow on this part of the Himalaya – we have no idea whether the Pass is safe. Some intrepid trekkers have got through in the last two weeks but that is meaningless. How much snow and ice is there? We do not have climbing gear for this. The morning was spent trekking to a pleasant valley and taking ‘family’ photos. In the afternoon we all ‘free-lanced’ but found ourselves grouping about 250m up a valley side to take in the views and to push our altitude limit just a little higher. After yet another sherpa stew (or in Richard’s case his umpteenth egg and chips) it was early to bed ahead of a 4 am wake-up call tomorrow, Rengo La day!

Yak on the trail
Yak on the trail
Walking on ice
Walking on ice
Group picture on ice
Group picture on ice
Mountain View and group! Nangpala pass on background
Mountain View and group! Nangpala pass on background
Heading back to lodge after short excursion on rest day
Heading back to lodge after short excursion on rest day
Playing cards during free time
Playing cards during free time

 

 

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