Hi everyone, today we did an acclimatisation hike up into the hills around Karkara. After a few days of being stuck on planes and buses it really felt great to be out in the fresh air getting some exercise again. We climbed a small mountain which was 3200m (you can see it in the background in the photo). Took us about 6 hours return and we spent an hour sitting on the top. This is to try and get your body used to the reduced oxygen levels and stimulate the production of more red blood cells. It was a really nice walk with lots of wildflowers. Fiona’s highlight of the day was getting hot water to have a shower!
Still no news on my backpack, but our gas situation is sorted. We had to rent a Russian stove and use local gas canisters, but hopefully it will be OK.
Tomorrow we will be flying into the base camp – leaving at 8am. We will probably have a splitting headache this time tomorrow tonight!
Paul & Fiona at Karkara.