High Ridges of Helambu, Lantang and Ganesh.
- 11/10/98 Home to Heathrow and Flying.
- Left home 10:00 in hired Micra. Slow traffic about thirty miles from
Birmingham. Arrived at Heathrow OK and returned the car at 15:15. Intended to
read papers and have a cup of coffee while waiting for the tickets to arrive but
not to be, as nowhere to sit. Chris arrived 17:00 with the tickets but lots of
fussing about... had to book in as a group (forty!). Alan got the desired window
seat and I was next to him so all was well. Nearly 18:45 by the time this was
sorted out and we got to the departure lounge. Plane was full and not enough
room for hand luggage. Mine went under the seat, some had to be moved to luggage
hold. Airborne at 20:15 as a little prayer was sent to Allah. What did the
captain know that we didn't?
Inshallah! Plane was a 747C.
- 12/10/98 Arrive Kathmandu.
- Slept badly as the plane was very noisy. Got off at Dubai for an hour just
to stretch our legs. Good shopping centre but didn't buy anything. Landed at
Karachi 11:15, it was very hot. Transit lounge was OK. The next plane was
smaller, a 310, but plenty of room for hand baggage. We were lucky and had seats
together again. Again the prayer to Allah. Landed at Kathmandu 16:15. Met by
Rex Munro, Australian, our leader. In Hotel Vashaili, (in Thamel), by 18:30.
Room fine. Quick shower and out for meal at Rum Doodle by 20:00. Meal not bad
but was so tired that all I wanted to do was sleep so gave up trying to make
conversation. People seem to drink a lot, maybe the last fling? Alan and I were
the first to leave and were in bed by 23:00.
- 13/10/98 Kathmandu
- Alan slept OK but I had another rotten night. Awake 00:30 until after
04:30. Breakfast 08:30. Coffee for me, I had forgotten how awful Nepal coffee
was, and sausage and toast for Alan. Briefing by Rex and the giving out of KE
mugs and TGO T-shirts. The mugs were to be used on the trek as it supposedly
reduced the possibility of cross infection. They were quite large and insulated.
After the briefing Alan went for a doze and I went to hunt for antibiotics. I
bought tetracycline and Flagyl and had some advice on taking Diamox (AMS) as our
pharmacist at home didn't seem to know. After lunch at the North Beach cafe (no
beach for hundreds of miles!) we had a sight seeing tour of Kathmandu. All meals
and the tour were included in the price of the holiday. We went by minibus to
Swayambhunath (monkey temple), the Buddhist temple which is on a hill
overlooking Kathmandu and so gives tremendous views of the valley - smog
permitting. From there we went to Bodnath, a Tibetan Buddhist stupa and
Pashupatinath the most important Hindu (Shiva) temple on the Indian
sub-continent. Here we saw five cremations in various stages. Apparently it is
quite alright to take photos and stare, although it made me feel quite as
uncomfortable as it had last time we were here. We saw the milk sadhus (holy
man) again, just as thin and healthy looking! Meal in The Third Eye where Alan,
mistaking a chilli for an innocuous green vegetable, ate it whole. He survived
but only just! Bed at 22:30. Trek starts tomorrow.
- 14/10/98 Sundarijal to Chasepani via Sheopari ridge
- Start height at Sundarijal 1300m. Bus left hotel 08:10 and wound its way
through Kathmandu's roads, lanes and back alleys for the 13km to Sundarijal.
Started walking 09:20. Very slow and steady up lots and lots of steps. The other
'trekkers' seemed to be less strong walkers now that they were really walking
rather than talking about it back in Kathmandu, thank goodness. Stopped for
lunch 12:00 just North of Mulkharkaa, 2100m and the height climbed was 670m. The
familiar blue tarpaulin was produced for lunch. There was even a bit of shelter,
grass roofed, wall-less hut with benches to sit on and the luxury of a drop
toilet with a door! Most of the morning walking was through rhododendron forest
with no views. Left again 14:40 and Alan and I outpaced the others and ended up
walking with Ratna the cook, although we did not then know his name. During the
latter part of the afternoon the scenery improved as it opened up to give hazy
views of ridges, Paldor to the north-west and Machapuchhare (fish tail above
Pokhara) to the west, where the sun was just glinting on the summit. Arrived
at Chasepani at 16:20. The tents were pitched so that they would be facing the
sunrise next morning. Dinner, 19:00, not very good but adequate. Broccoli &
cheese packet soup, rice, daal, veg & meat stew, butterscotch instant whip.
Bed 20:30. Great excitement later. At 22:23, Alan sat up and threw something out
of the tent! He had felt it tickling his ankle, brushed it off with his other
foot, felt it again, repeated the action, felt it again only this time it was
rapidly moving north up his leg, with great courage he plucked it off and threw
it into the tent porch.. The torch revealed that the sleeping bag inner was
covered with blood as was his lower leg! He had disturbed a leech moving from
one feast to another! Wiped his leg, discovered only one bite, covered it with a
plaster to prevent more blood on the inner, checked for more leeches (both of
us) and settled down again. Restless night.
- Camp height: 2265m.
- Height climbed: 1065m.
- 15/10/98 Chasepani to Gul Bhanjyang.
- Bed-tea 05:30 so we could get the full benefit of the sun rise, which was
quite impressive. Left at 07:15 after the usual breakfast of porridge, museli,
eggs (in some form or another, usually omelette as the trek developed), bread as
toast, chapatti, pancakes, tea, coffee, chocolate, Bournvita. Walked downhill
for a bit and then uphill to the lunch stop at 2500m. It was very hot. Alan not
so good as the heat was getting to him. We had climbed 745m by lunch time.
Downhill all the way, so we thought, after lunch but as usual there was a nasty
sting in the tail. Down to Gul Bhanjyang where there was a nice little village
where we thought we would be stopping but no, we had to go up to the prayer flag
that we could see. Unfortunately it was not that flag but another, much higher
up. Camp site good, hazy views. Meal better than last night. It could be a good
thing that we get nuts and chocolates given as snacks each day as I might be
reduced to eating those as my main meal. Bed 20:30. It was dark about 18:00.
Alan up 23:00 with exploding bowels and again at 23:15.
- Camp height: 2575m.
- Height climbed: 1170m.
- 16/10/98 Gul Bhanjyang via Thodang Danda to Mangegot.
- Alan up again 02:30 but then slept until 04:40. Bed-tea (hot water in our
case each morning , although coffee was also on offer) at 05:30, breakfast and
then walking by 07:00. Straight away we were climbing, but it wasn't for very
long, just about 100m, but it was a bit of a jolt to the system first thing. It
levelled out for a while and then a gradual increase in height. Climbing was a
bit more difficult now with the general increase in altitude. We arrived at the
lunch stop at 11:45 at 3260m and 5.92km and the height climbed was 975m so far
today. Still very hazy so the distant views were obscured. Saw small pink
orchids, also some lilac ones. Alan in the two steps forward and one back mode
for a while which made it hard going for him. Cokes now 45r, they were only 30r
lower down. Started to get cloudy and slightly chilly before we left the lunch
stop. We left at 13:20 and were at the camp site by 14:00 so it wasn't really
worth stopping early for lunch. Very misty now so could not air the sleeping
bags. The highest path of the day was 3330m and then down a little to the camp
site at Mangegot. The tents were quite wet still from last night and the early
morning mist. We had been told that high altitude can cause vivid dreams but I
wasn't prepared for the one I had this night where I was having a fantastic swim
in a deep ocean with great surf. Suddenly I was being strangled and I screamed
out loud, waking Alan and some other people, as I was quite rudely told next
- Camp height: 3285m.
- Height climbed: 1115m.
- 17/10/98 Mangegot to Tharepati
- The earth moved for Alan last night, unfortunately nothing to do with my
charms or lack of them, just an earth tremor. Pete, who is still ill, also felt
it. Only a short walk today, 2hrs 05mins to the tea house where we sat for a
while letting the porters get in front with the tents etc. We saw the local
butcher shop, i.e. a basket lined with leaves containing unidentified meat,
mainly offal. Lunch at the camp site. Again no views as swirling with mist,
quite windy also as just below a col. Alan and I went for a walk alone after
lunch and we reached 3885m.Very atmospheric with mist swirling around high peaks
and then receding again. We thought we had better not go too far but we were
away about two hours and climbed an additional 390m. (not included in the total
figures). Alan up 22:00 so he took an Imodium and lasted the rest of the night
- Camp height: 3300m.
- Height climbed: 460m.
- 18/10/98 Tharepati to above Surche.
- Bed-tea 06:00 followed by washing water. Washing water was a small bowl of
warm water which we had twice a day, early morning and about 17:00 in the
evening. This was the ration (in most cases) for all body, hair and clothes
washing. I usually washed my hair in the morning bowl as I wasn't so dirty then
as at night after a days walking! It is amazing what you can do just by removing
a mug full of water before starting. The path lead downward but we did see some
of the hills that we had glimpsed yesterday. Gradually the mist increased and by
the lunch stop 10:30-13:00 the mist had closed in to10m visibility. At the
lodge, just before the lunch stop, the Cokes were 70r. We arrived at camp at
15:30, after many long stops and lots of ups and downs. The up was quite tiring
due to the altitude.Almost reached the camp site, at Phedi (not marked on the
map), when the rain started. The porters had already arrived and the Sherpas had
erected the tents so it was mad scramble into them to keep things as dry as
possible. Alan was hyper-ventilating at rest, he is not adjusting to the
altitude as well as he did on the last Nepal trip. It poured all evening and our
tent leaked in the very heavy showers but wasn't too bad during the lighter ones
- Camp height: 3790m.
- Height climbed: 785m.
- 19/10/98 Surche to Gosainkund and Laurebinayak, via Laurebina Pass.
- Rain stopped 04:00, mist cleared and we could see the view. We "walked
at our own pace" to the Lauribina La. It was up all the way and yesterdays
rain had fallen as snow on the higher ground. Only a covering and not deep, just
enough to made it more photogenic. At 10:30 we were at 4585m, the chorten a few
metres above the pass. Ratna and Karma throwing snowballs at everyone. Saw
large Gentian flowers, both blue and lilac, and blue mixture on the higher
ground, also Lilac Drumstick Primula. The walk down to the lakes was absolutely
spectacular with quite different rock formations. We arrived at the Gosainkund
Lake, a very holy place, for lunch at 11:30 and left again at 14:00. By now Alan
and I had fallen into a pattern of walking mainly on our own, away from the main
group, usually at the front, in front of the leading sherpa, but behind the
kitchen crew. Slow gentle walk down along a quite exposed path to Laurinayak,
passing a small meditating Buddhist shrine on the ridge above the village, where
we camped in the grounds of a lodge. As the clouds lift we could see that the
views were quite fantastic, snow on Lantang Peak setting it off to perfection.
Just sat outside the tents watching the view fold and unfold. Saw an eagle today
which later turned out to be a Himalayan Griffin. Due to cold and wet etc., Alan
realised that he had been wearing his walking socks continuously for thirty-six
hours. Downwind was not advised.
- Camp height: 3912m.
- Height climbed: 1020m.
- 20/10/98 Laurebinayak to Syabrubensi via Syabru .
- Clear skies meant that we could see Machhapuchhare, Manaslu, Annapurna IV
and the four peaks of Ganesh almost without getting out of bed. It made up for
the reluctance to get out, as there was ice on the inside of the fly sheet.
Downhill all the way today. Great views of Sing Gompa, which was a very upmarket
village with three or four stone lodges as well as the gompa and a cheese
factory! Big John put his camera down when he had a brief trip into the bushes
and forgot to pick it up again. He remembered about thirty minutes later and
returned to find it. More descent after lunch, which was very steep and
slippery, and it was here that we thought walking poles would have been an
advantage. My knees were quite sore when we arrived at the camp site at 15:30.
Because it was still part of the Festival of Diwali we had children come singing
around the mess tent in the evening. We descended about 2500m today.
- Camp height: 1585m.
- Height climbed: 90m.
- 21/10/98 Syabrubensi.
- A rest day so breakfast at 07:30, but people couldn't sleep on! Washed
shorts and T-shirts as well as the usual pants, socks and bra. For once there
was plenty of warm water. Sat in the sun in my sarong, drinking squash and
reading my book, while the washing dried. Alan cleaned the cameras. Everyone
else appeared to be doing the same. Went for a walk up-river in the afternoon.
It was very hot and sticky despite the casual attire. Saw a large lizard which
quickly scurried into a hole. There was a cultural event in the local school at
17:00 to which we were invited and some went. It appeared that it was mainly
Tibetan, as that is the strongest influence in this area. This was the last
place that beer, Coke or Sprite could be bought for the rest of the trek
- Camp height: 1585m.
- Height climbed: 0m.
- 22/10/98 Syabrubensi to above Gatlang.
- Usual up and away by 07:30 after a good nights sleep. Mostly straight up,
criss-crossing the road which took a more gradual incline with long hairpin
bends. We were in front and took a wrong turning through one of the terraces. We
had asked Procas which way to take and followed his directions. Some children
from a nearby house put both us, and Procas, right but Pete was furious as he
didn't think that we should walk in front of the lead Shirpa! I think Alan
sorted it out with him later. We reached the top of the road at 09:30 and waited
in the sun for the others to catch up. We then followed the road to the lunch
stop at 10:45. Height climbed 860m. The views had been good but not spectacular,
mostly agricultural, of terraces where they grow rice and millet. After lunch we
followed the road again (really a dirt track) all the way to the camp site,
arriving at 15:15. It was a gradual ascent and Alan got his second wind and
raced ahead. I could barely keep up with him and gave up. The people at the site
have quite different features to the ones we saw in the last village. They are
flatter, more Tibetan and looked a lot poorer and dirtier, although the farming
looked to be more than subsistence level. There were some men dancing and
chanting later in the evening but we kept in our tent out of the way. We later
heard that Tek had paid them to leave!
- Camp height: 2690m.
- Height climbed: 1230m.
- 23/10/98 Gatlang to Somdang, via Khurpu Danda.
- I felt rotten this morning, sore back, aching limbs and thick head.
Fortunately most cleared up quickly so I put it down to the dreadful night.
Electricity meant lights and radio which was then compounded by a barking dog
and a coughing porter. After a while Alan and I found ourselves walking with
Procas, Ratna, Gopal, Bodgas and Ram. The Kitchen Crew are a very happy lot,
always singing and racing ahead and then stopping and when we catch up all
calling Namaste! and laughing. Because we walked quickly we were at the
lunch stop, height 3435m, at 09:45, about an hour before the others, having
climbed 805m. It was misty and became quite cold so we ended up wearing our
cagoules and overtrousers to keep warm. Left at 12:20 and, again, it was
straight up to the top of the pass, this time walking with the porters. The mist
and damp remained, so no views from the top of the pass or even on the way down
to the camp site which was at the "end of the road". It wasn't a
pretty site, a derelict zinc mine, but it was more than adequate, next to a
river, which on a hot sunny day would have been a delight. Saw a pretty blue
flower and lots of edelweiss, which were a little disappointing as I had always
thought that they were very pretty flowers. The mist lifted briefly before
sunset and allowed a glimpse of sun topped hills. Sun rise each day is around
06:00 and sun set 17:30. Of course this varied with our position, i.e. in a
valley or on top of a hill.
- Camp height: 3270m.
- Height climbed: 1125m.
- 24/10/98 Somdang to above Mining Camp
- Bed-tea late - 06:30, because a short day. Frost on the ground but not
inside the tent. Decided on trousers today (we both slept in thermal vests).
Left 07:40 and, yet again, we were walking on our own.Climbed up the valley,
following the river, to another old zinc mine. Saw a brown, furry animal, guinea
pig size, but it didn't stay for a photo call. The scenery was supposed to be a
bit like the Lake District in autumn, but I think that stretched the imagination
slightly. Quite pretty though. We stopped at the mine for the kitchen crew to
catch us up. We then climbed another 150m when Ratna stopped, as did the whole
kitchen crew, but did nothing for forty-five minutes. It was as if he wasn't
sure where we were and should we stop there for lunch/camp. When the porters
caught up lunch was made and the tents were erected so presumably we were in the
correct place. It was nearly 15:00 by the time we were all settled despite the
fact that Alan and I had stopped walking at 10:30 . Rex arrived at 11:30 as he "leads
from the back". He was also staying back with Pete, who wasn't at full
fitness yet. My IBS was a problem today, bloated and painful.
- Camp height: 4125m.
- Height climbed: 995m.
- 25/10/98 Above Mining Camp to Poldar Base Camp.
- Bed tea 06:30, sun hit the camp about 07:00, which was very pleasant after
the cold night, and melted the frost. Trousers were again the dress of the day,
I think that Maggie, Trevor and Rex were the only "shorts" people.
Steady climb from 07:50 to a ridge overlooking the base camp site by 09:45. Most
of the others went down but Alan and I sat in the sun for a while and then I
went for a little wander on my own until Alan called me back. The were plenty of
interesting rock shapes and formations. We were at the camp at 10:30. It was
sunny with rising mist and, of course, Paldor was now towering above us as, to a
lesser degree, was Ned's Thumb. We watched people on the Paldor trek being
roped up, walking across the glacier and then climbing towards high camp. I
think that there was an easier way though. After lunch I went for another wander
on my own, above the waterfall and along to a little cairn and then back along
another ridge. I kept the camp in sight all the time and must only have climbed
an additional 150m. I met Ratna on my way down and he asked if I would like to
go to high camp with him, I was tempted but declined. As the sun set it was very
cold and by 16:45 we were fully dressed, including thermals and in our sleeping
bags to keep warm. It started to snow during dinner at 18:15. Wore Airpac
jacket but still glad to get back to our sleeping bags.
- Camp height: 4555m.
- Height climbed: 670m.
- 26/10/98 Poldar Base Camp to Pangsang Pass, via Marsyung Danda.
- Cold night, -7C inside the tent this morning. It is quite difficult to
motivate oneself to get out of the warm bag into the cold air to get dressed,
but it was done in time for bed tea at 06:00. The snow in the night had not
continued and there was only a light covering. Uphill straight away to the
little ridge that we walked up yesterday. We followed this down and then another
path upwards to above the mining post and then up and up. Sat on the top of the
pass with the cook and crew for thirty minutes or so, admiring the view, which
was very clear with great hills. Then down a very steep, loose, spectacular path
with narrow exposed areas to a broad meadow for a packed lunch, no water being
available for cooking. We stopped at 11:45 at 4170m and had climbed 425m. We
left at 12:30 and arrived at the camp site at 14:45. Still very interesting
ridge walking but not quite so fantastic as in the morning. This has definitely
been the best days walking so far. Passed some almond trees in blossom! Camp was
windy as it was perched on the pass itself, where there was the usual archway
and chortens. These can seem quite disconcerting right in the middle of nowhere
until one realizes thet they are usually at a pass or trade route of some
- Camp height: 3835m.
- Height climbed: 615m.
- 27/10/98 Pangsang Pass to Rupchet, via Tiru Danda.
- Another cold night, ice inside the fly sheet and -5C inside the tent at
bed-tea. There was frost still on the ground when we left at 07:25, glad enough
of the long trousers again. Alan made a resolution to stay with the group today.
Some uphill as we left the camp site and, as it was clear, we could see the
whole panorama of hills displayed around us, Machhapuchhare, Manaslu,
Annapurnas, Ganesh and Langtang. It really was spectacular. Despite the slow
pace and resolution we soon left the group, porters and kitchen crew behind. The
Kitchen Crew soon overtook us with the usual cheery exchange of "Namastes!".
Gopal now adding "Salaam" as well. We descended into
rhododendron forest with both juniper and berberries abounding. Apparently the
dwarf rhododendron's leave are highly prized and collected and burnt to give
thanks. They give off a pleasant cinnamon smell that is missing in the full size
ones. We caught the occasional sight and sound of the KC until Alan slipped on a
flat bit of ground and gave himself a nasty gash on his shin. As usual, he
refused to have any attention to it, believing that fresh air is the best healer
for cuts etc. By the time we had checked him and the cameras there was no sign
of the KC. Still, there was only one path and so we continued downwards. We did
start to get a bit worried as we were now quite low in relative terms, 3500m,
but then we saw a path leading upwards with an arrow. Well done Ratna. Passed a
tree with lots of tit-like birds, possibly crested tits. We reached the open
meadow that we had seen in the distance just as the KC were leaving, so lots of
whooping and reciprocal shouting as they continued and we stopped for lunch.
They had left more arrows to show the onward route. The arrows were originally
intended for the porters and Sherpas rather than us, but by this stage of the
trek I think that the KC were looking after us as well! We stopped for about
30mins and then saw some porters in the distance, but no sign of trekkers. The
porters stopped for a rest but we carried on up a stony gully which we thought
was quite interesting but later discovered that some of the other trekers had
thought it awful. We saw another brown furry thing which did stay for a photo
call. The KC had stopped at the top of the pass and built a fire to warm
themselves. We went on to conquer a little peak (3995m.) and sat and waited for
them. The mist set in again and so the last part of the day through "impressive
pinnacles" was a bit overstated but it was very atmospheric. We arrived at
14:20, ten minutes after the KC. The porters and rest of the group to follow
within the next two hours. Karma arrived carrying a porter's load as she had
slipped and hurt her wrist . Both Miriam and Tony had given her a paracetamol!
While we waited for the others we watched the KC and porters organising
themselves, fetching water and starting to heat it, washing all the utensils
etc. It was like a well choreographed ballet.
- Camp height: 3660m.
- Height climbed: 910m.
- 28/10/98 Rupchet to Uparlo Thok.
- Cold again, but not quite so bad. Up to 0C today. Still frosty though, the
sun warming us pleasantly by kick-off at 07:30. Downhill through a tangle of
rhododendron roots and bamboo forest to about 2900m where it levelled out to "Nepali
level", i.e. undulating quite a lot in places. As usual we were on our own,
which enabled me to change into shorts at a suitable point. The KC passed about
09:00 and the path was straightforward in most places although they left arrows
where they thought there might be a problem. Lunch stop 10:30 at 2730m, having
climbed 145m. Karma and Dawa left early after lunch to check out the camp site
as we were to camp at a village tonight. We followed soon after and Tony and Big
John caught up with us just before the village.Uparlo Thok on the map, but the
children, of whom we had a large and interested audience, called it something
else. Much more forest today, then cultivated terraces. The village looked
prosperous with stone houses and lots of running water channelled to aid
cultivation and living. Saw a bird, huge and very lazily drifting on thermals.
- Camp height: 1865m.
- Height climbed:190m. (descended 1795m)
- 29/10/98 Uparlo Thok to Betrawati.
- Late bed tea, 06:30, left 07:45 and followed Karma through a maze of
village paths, all downhill. Saw water-mills grinding maize, rice, millet.
Hibiscus, poinsettia and elderflowers in profusion as were butterfly and masses
of smaller unknown flowers. To get to the camp site we forded a river, Karma
wanting us to go round to the bridge, but it seemed more fun to wade. It was
thigh high in places and I managed to fall over because I was laughing so much
at Bodgas who had just done the same. Ratna saw a snake, was this a joke or not?
Stopped at the shop for a Coke with Tony and Pete (they had a beer, a beer and
a beer...) who settled in for the rest of the day. This was our final camp and
alongside two rivers. After lunch I went for a dip (in my sarong) and sat around
to dry in the sun and read etc. It was all a bit of an anticlimax. We had the
official tip giving ceremony later in the afternoon but Alan and I gave Ratna
some extra to buy the KC a drink for all the pleasure they had given us. Alan
gave Sete his blue sun hat. Most of the porters left then. Ratna cooked a roast
chicken for dinner and a special cake.
- Camp height: 740m.
- Height climbed: 50m.
- 30/10/98 Betrawati to Kathmandu.
- Up 06:00, on the bus 07:50 and the Sherpas and Ratna travelling with us.
Tek and Ratna had been given their tips this morning and they had an additional
one from KE. The road was long and windy, very sick making and by the time we
arrived at the hotel Alan was feeling awful. The rooms weren't ready so we had
to postpone our plans for a bubble bath for a few hours. Lunch in North Beach,
bubble bath and then shopping, Alan felt ill again so he returned to the hotel.
I didn't buy anything. Went to a great Chinese restaurant - China Town. It was a
fantastic meal and we all ate too much. Alan, exercising his great diplomatic
skills, talked our taxi driver out of a potential kidnap. Bed 23:00.
- 31/10/98 Kathmandu, plane to Karachi.
- Up 08:30 for a leisurely breakfast on our own, most of the others went on
the Everest flight. We did our packing and then wandered about Thamel where I
did buy a few things. We then sat in North Beach and I had two salt Lassis.
Lunch was taken there with everyone else and we left for the airport 14:30.
Flight O.K.but I felt rather sick and they ran out of Sprite. At least we were
sitting together. Arrived Karachi 19:15 and finally got to the Holiday Inn at
21:00. Had a nice double room and a buffet meal. The meal was good despite Alan
doing his best to set the hotel on fire buy tipping over the spirit burner under
the nan bread. There was a slight disagreement on paying for the water, we said
no and they said yes. The nos had it.
- 01/11/98 Karachi to U.K.
- I had a bad night with the runs, but they eased off by the time we were on
the plane. Left the hotel at 07:30 and the flight took off 10:00. Alan had a
window seat and I was next to him with Tony on my other side. Uneventful flight,
the food was awful and no vegetarian option to chicken sandwiches. Arrived on
time at Heathrow, 17:00, quickly through baggage collection and customs,
collected the hire car - Peugeot 306 and were on our way by 18:30. We gave up at
20:30 and booked into a Travel Lodge (£45) as Alan was so tired, we'd
been up for twenty-one hours, and had a splitting head ache. It was not safe or
sensible to continue. I think we were asleep by 21:00.
- 02/11/98 Home.
- Decided at 05:00 to get up and we drove home through the rain, arriving
about 08:15. The house was freezing and it took all day for it to warm
- Total height climbed on trek 12545m.
- Maximum altitude reached 4585m
- Rex Munro - Leader
- Lesley Armstrong,
- Maggie & Trevor Berger,
- Pauline & John Bibby,
- Bridget Daley,
- Miriam & John Dolphin,
- Richard Gasson & Ruth Spiller,
- Alan White & Lesley Williams,
- Tony Wood,
- Peter Yandell.
- Tek - Sirdir
- Yedap - apprentice.
- Kitchen Crew:-
- Ratna - cook
- Nema -Nike (leader).
- 20 others, all with big, happy smiles