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  • Day78

    Hangkar - Markha Valley Day 5 End

    August 23, 2015 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We finished our day early in lower Hangkar (4000m) to celebrate Yulia's birthday. Eight beers at $2.40 a piece were half-covered by our new French friend, Siril, who felt obligated to thank us for our team nurse, Polina, doctoring his foot-sized blisters.

    The journey through the Himalayas thus far has been an exercise in pain tolerance, breath control, camera battery conservation, and trying not to think about hygiene. The river crossings through icy waters and hours spent traversing unforgiving fields of rocks are broken up by hikes through treacherous mountain-side trails and steep inclines. Add altitude to the equation and it is easy to understand why it feels like breathing is done through a Capri Sun straw. While progress has been slow, it has also been consistent -- we generally cover between 13-18 kilometers per day and, when necessary, can gain a kilometer of altitude in 6-7 hours (a feat that would have been impossible on Day 2).
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  • Day79

    That one lunch - Markha Valley Day 6

    August 24, 2015 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Our 800 meter climb from Hankar to Nimaling (4800m) was segmented by lunch at pond at 4600m. The views of the surrounding peaks, including Kangyatze (6400m), were breathtaking (altitude pun fully intended) and added some necessary flavor to the bread & potato pack-lunch that we received in Hankar. On some mission to prove to his crazy Russian grandfather that he is tough, former IDF officer Vitaly took a swim in the mountain-top pond. Our g-rated lunch suddenly became pg-13 and the cows dispersed. Ladakhi cows must not be accustomed to male nudity.Read more

  • Day9

    Markha Valley Adventures VII

    August 23, 2015 in India ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The walk from Markha to Hangkar (4000m) was supposed to be a short walk, so we allowed ourselves a little detour - we took off our backpacks and hiked up 100m on a very steep trail to a Buddhist monastery that sits on a cliff. The monk from yesterday was there too, and he showed us around, but the best part were the views we saw from up there.Read more

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