October 30, 2015 - Thorang La Pass

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on the top of the Thorang La Pass
on the top of the Thorang La Pass
October 30, 2015 - Thorang La Pass

Wow that's all I can say  for  today  ! It was a long one having spent the night at Throng La High Camp heading   out   at   0445  .Yes it was still dark and overnight we had about 4 more  inches of snow. The pass  reaches  5416  metres    but we had done about 700metres of the climb the day prior. Sounds like that made for an easy day but at that altitude our flatlander hearts and lungs were in overdrive trying to keep our bodies working. With headlamps on for the first leg we looked like a candle parade heading up the steep slope in the  dark . As we ascended the temperature dropped and hands /feet began to get cold. Our guide assured us we were close on several occasions but it never came fast enough. Some nausea for a couple of the group but a cup of tea at the top cured that. The celebration was rather subdued as any extra effort at that height is a major effort .After tea we exited the small dark teahouse to see blue sky and full mountain peaks for the first time in two days. Then the descent of 1700 metres at times in 2—3 feet of snow. We broke trail early in the am but later groups and some on horseback went by us making the going a little easier. It was a bit slippery coming down but no one went down. We finally stopped for a much needed lunch  at  Chaharu  at about at 1215 which seemed like forever since waking at 4.The snow finally tapered off and temp rose as we neared our overnight  accommodation at Muktinath .As expected our hotel was at the far end of town and we  defered   a visit to the Buddhist temple till morning. Our rooms are nice but no central heating so we were pleasantly surprised when the lady at the restaurant put a pail of hot coals under the table which is covered with thick blankets a nice way to wait for our evening meal We shall all sleep well tonight happy that we were able to accomplish such a strenuous undertaking safely despite  the  weather  change !!

Thorang La Pass
Thorang La Pass
 
Taking Short Rest after Thorang La Pass
way down to Muktinath