by site editor Rick McCharles
Packing up next morning I was surprised to find that we’d added 2 more pack animals. They carried feed for our 4 mules.
So two helpless “Sahibs” needed an Expedition Team of 4 men (guide, cook, 2 mule drivers). A minimum of 4 beasts. This morning, 6 beasts.
Dogs hang about Camps waiting on the compost.
Seems they’ll eat anything except citrus peel and onions.
Up and up.
We passed many villages. All seemingly prosperous and well maintained.
Grazing is critical. Stone fences seem to demarcate who grazes where. But I’m not sure those boundaries are often contested.
We saw a number of the great birds of India.
The Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) soared above and below us for much of the trip.
Our guide urged us to drink as much water as possible as we acclimatized to altitude.
On arrival at our night’s Camp we were surprised by a freak hail storm.
The larger 2-man, 4-season tent was provided by Red Chilli.
But I used my own 1-man tent instead. Alf got the Tent Mahal for himself.
We Sahibs read in our tents while our Team got a fire started with wet wood.
You’ve got to be ready for anything in the Himalaya.
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