Day 4: Leh
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Nature is not generous up here. The air is powder dry and the rocky slopes all round us are bare and deeply gullied. For the first time in a long while I feel my lungs working, pumping a little harder to pull in the oxygen, for we are at 11,650 feet (3550 m), nearly two and a quarter miles above sea level.
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I woke up at with a dry tongue and throat and a pounding headache.
After doing a bit of luggage reorganizing and a highly necessary shave (
Rabi served us toast, fried eggs and honey for breakfast and my hunger seemed to be bigger than normal, probably because my body was hard at work adjusting to the height.
After the trekking briefing some of us decided to climb the road to the Shanti Stupa that lay above our hotel. The climb was relatively easy and within 15 minutes we reached the white stupa that was built here in 1985 by the Japanese Fujii Guruji as part of his mission to promote world peace through Buddhism. The big stupa had two levels that could be walked upon and showed various scenes from the Buddha's life, which I gladly explained to the other four while we walked the clockwise kora. The views from the platform on which the stupa was build were marvellous as well, clearly showing the green Leh valley in between the bare and desolate mountains.
For the way back we disregarded both the motorway and the 554 step stairs towards Leh and took the shortcut down the hill, arriving at the hotel in little more than 5 minutes.
Back in the hotel most of the group decided to have lunch in Leh, where we arrived around and I treated myself to some sp
At hours the group gathered at the
The group had dinner in the Penguin Restaurant where the momo's and sizzler I had yesterday seemed to have become quite popular among my travel companions. I settled for some momo's and a chicken tika masala myself.
On the way back to the hotel we had two more drivers that didn't seem to know their way around. We had to tell them from memory how to get back to the Mountain Edge. Arriving, we went to bed early again, knackered from another day at 3600 meters.