Today was another sleep in until breakfast at 7.45 and we then started our acclimatization walk up to Chukung at 4730 meters. Although not overly steep it’s a gradual climb that still sends the heart rate racing at this altitude. Island Peak was constantly in view and I sometimes asked myself how I got to the summit when just the slightest hill sends lactic acid through the legs.
We arrived in Chukung after 2 hours twenty minutes. A little too early for lunch but we all felt like we needed something. Popcorn seemed popular....yes popcorn at 4730 meters. Along with this we were sitting in a courtyard protected by the wind. Matt managed a quick phone call to home to say hello to the family. Meanwhile everyone else was soaking up the warmth of the sun and trying to stay awake. David has informed us the forecast could turn bad next week. I keep thinking we can’t keep getting weather like this. It’s got to end soon. There were even a couple of T-shirts on display, something that should have long been packed at the bottom of our trek bags. We just need it to hold out for two more days.
We have decided if we get to Gorak Shep in two days time and the weather is good we will attempt Kalar Patar that afternoon, instead of running the risk of the weather turning overnight.
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