December 04, 2009 - From forest to alpine terrain

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Himchuli , Gandhraba Chuli and Machhapuchhre (morning view from Sinuwa)


From forest to alpine terrain

We extended our hike today to Deurali to catch our schedule. We are now at 3200 meters and the nature around us has changed. Almost all day we climbed in a forested sideslope with Modi Khola river on our right and massive rock walls to our left. Now the trees have disappeared and we are surrounded by rocky mountains. We are above the afternoon clouds but still the mists keep climbing past us along the narrow valley.

Near the Bamboo

on the way of Deurali

Malla has caught cold but is still keepeing up with us very well. She is taking medication to get better for the summit day which is planned to be in five days, on the 9th. From now on it is going to be only uphill, first to Macchapucchre base camp to 3700 meters and then Annapurna base camp at 4200 meters. We will use that as our base camp for Tharpu Chuli and rest there for a full day before climbing to our high camp at around 4800 meters. The summit is at 5695m.

Malla on the way of Deurali



It is now 7 PM and we are trying to decide whether to sit for a while and drink tea or retire to our sleeping bags.