Trek from Shana to Shingkharap, 2950 meters
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Sleeping in a tent was alright but getting up and not being able to properly wash and brush the teeth was an adjustment. The mules were set free to roam around at night but they promptly came back to the campsite in the morning because they knew their once-a-day meal of dried corns and grains awaits them in the mornings.
After a breakfast in the sun, we set off on the trail which was muddy and we had to frequently hop between rocks. We crossed the boisterous river on study platforms of wooden logs and passed through conifer and mixed broad leaf forest. The view was limited to the trees and plants along the way, the gargling river slicing through the valley and of course the rocks and dung along the trail was we had to see where we stepped.
We descended as much as we had climbed.
We reached the campsite at about 2.30pm and our tent overlooked some beautiful mountains on the horizon. As we were still in the valley, the sun over the immediate mountains about 3.30pm and the temperature immediately became a few deg C cooler.
The sky was cloudless that evening and was completely full of stars - big, small, bright, glistering, etc. What a wonderful sight! A sight that eludes city dwellers! I was only able to recognise the Kite formation.