Day 6: Climbing Terko Ri

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It was our second day at KG and we decided to do our main climb which would take us up to an altitude of 4,987 meeter. KG was at 2,800meters so we had a big climb to do to make the summit. About 10 of us made the climb and we were now rested from the day before. We know it was going to still be tough going as the air was getting thinner.

The first bit of the walk followed the valley floor, but then we had to cross over a fast flowing river before we started our accent. This pit of climbing was up a grassy hill zigzagging up. We reached a plateau and stopped for a drink and to take in the view. We continued walking and the next bit was flatter and easier, but still climbing. For the first time we came across patches of snow.

We then came across a boulder field.

It was far tougher scrambling around the big boulders, constantly feeling that you were climbing up onto one then down on to the next. This consumed much energy and the effects of the altitude were now very apparent. For the first time I felt like stopping and turning back. The team stuck together and we took more regular breaks, if anything just to admire the view around us.

Coming out of the boulder filed the other side, the path went up another easier gravel track and we felt the summit was in site. It is amazing how the sight of the pray flags indicating the summit can give you a whole new lease of life. Although we were still heading uphill, the walking now was effortless as we walked at a quicker pace to reach the summit.

It felt like a wonderful achievement. At the top we stopped for about 30 minutes just taking in the view an taking loads of photos. Although the mountain we climbed was big, it looked like there were many far bigger ones surrounding us, which is some ways felt disappointing.

The walk down was easy and straight forward, however felt like it was taking a long time towards the end. We were back at camp for around 4pm, and I headed straight to my tent to rest. It was an awesome day, and would prove to be the highlight of the trip.

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