With the massive amounts of people, we were afraid that we’d get to high camp at 4900m and be left without a room to stay in. We’re not too fond of sleeping in the dining hall, so we set our sights early at a 630am departure. Problem was, by the time we were supposed to wake up, being frozen the whole night Jiajia looks so out of shape huddled in her sleeping bag she wasn’t even sure if she could get up. She toughed it out, grabbed breakfast and were on our way. What a trooper!
We were a bit late, and by the time we were on the road the Canadians were already out, and a group of retired Frenchman who carried their own 70L packs and looking like they summitted Everest back in their golden years. Crossing through another landslide area, although now looking like childs-play after the Tilicho Death Zone we traversed. After 1.5hrs, we reached Thorung Phedi, the teahouse at the bottom of the pass. It was barely 9am, and we even surprised ourselves with our speed! Stopping for tea, we saw the Canadians catch up and already looking for a room to stay. We beated on, and after another 45mins we were at high camp, wow. We were settled in before 10am and now have a whole day to rest up before the trek tomorrow. It’s only another 500m climb up to the pass, but it’s a 1600m descent…. better prepare ourselves for soreness.