Today we got our first sighting of Mera Peak and it might be a trekking mountain but it's big, scarily big. For the first time I was grabbed by a challenge of climbing it, both the excitement about getting to the top and concern that I might not be able to do it. I got the same feeling when I started the walk along the E4 last year.
I opened my tent flap first thing this morning and this was view, the Gunda, not bad!
The tents are excellent, brand new I think and three of us have our own tent, not quite sure how the allocation of tents worked but I'm not arguing. Might be a bit colder on your own but I'm sure it's easier to sleep.
Getting to work out who everyone is in terms of the rest of the group and I think everyone is pretty comfortable together. It's a completely different group to one I went around the Annapurna with, less jokes and conversation but still good fun.
|The group - less Marc (his picture!)|
Today's walk was another tough one up out of the village, 300 metre climb over a pass and then an 1100 metre drop down one side of a valley and a 900 metre climb up the other. We ate lunch at the bottom of valley not far from a river that had cut out a gorge with towering cliffs on either side. The net effect of this is a camp tonight slightly lower than last night with what could be, in the morning, great views to Mera Peak.
|New prayer flag pole|
Despite the efforts of the New Zealanders this is clearly a very poor part of Nepal. The weaved grass panelled houses, which had been replaced by stone built houses in other villages we have seen, are the norm here.
Checked my numbers in terms of the crew, counting the porters bring the climbing gear there are 29 people trying to get 7 of us to the top of Mera Peak. This really does feel like an expedition.