Day 13: Danger ahead
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Larkya La towering between 4.900m and 5.200m depending on which map or book your using is to be todayâ€™s main course and what a course it will be. It might not be as high as the Darmala pas (5600m) around Mt. Kailash but that seems ages ago now.
Reaching the top wasnâ€™t nearly as hard as I imagened. We started with a few gentle climbs on good trail that transformed in a very rocky path the more we climbed, which was very strenuous for my weak ankles. After 3 hours of walking on a rocky path we all reached the top. Brian and Sarah were now really suffering from the altitude and were not only short of breath but had headaches and had some coordination problems. Time for us go and donâ€™t stay too long at this height before more serious problems would occur.
Chef had warned me about todayâ€™s descend that it at some part was dangerous for about 50m long. Clearly I didnâ€™t understand him very well because the section he was talking about was F@#$@#$ dangerous, life threatingly dangerous, only idiots and fools would attempt to cross this section, a descent for the suicidals among us and Iâ€™m not one of them! Yep I was having a great time on the scree ridge that was so narrow that even my shoe was too big to be on it. Looking above me I saw some really big boulders hanging on a bluff just above the ridge and it all looked so fragile that the slightest sound or wind could topple those big boys down towards us.
Halfway I on the scree ridge I thought we lost Sarah as she slipped on the scree and fell of the ridgeâ€¦ thank god that she could hold on to some rocks before falling down a few 100 meters in the abyss.
After yet another breathtaking event, it was Brian this time who slipped and nearly toppled of the ridge. In one swift motion I turned myself and could barely grab a hold of him before he would disappear into the deep.
I had to admit that I had enough â€śadventureâ€ť and â€śinteresting eventsâ€ť for today and luckily we had crossed the notorious section of the descent. From now on it was to be a very long and strenuous walk down to Bhimtang the nearest village ofâ€¦ three houses where the Raksi (rice wine) would flow richly.