Hey this is TA calling in from day 52 at an elevation 4800 m in the village of Gokyo and I’m actually calling from indoors, which is a new thing for me. I’ve usually been calling from my tent and as I look out my window I see a gorgeous glacial lake. I see a pile of rocks that we’ve been listening to stone masons go clink clink clink all day. They are shaping the granite into stones that will become the new tea house. Here in Gokyo we’ve been lucky to be staying in a tea house for last night and tonight so that means our streak of sleeping outdoors has come to an end at 49 nights and it has given our staff a chance to have some well deserved time off. The lodge is also cooking for us and time for us to enjoy a little bit of luxury and a little bit of ease before we transition into our next phase.
As I’m looking out the window I’m seeing 3 yaks going for a walk by so that is always kind of fun and the sun is getting low in the sky and putting a nice glow on the mountains. Four of us plus a couple of our support staff woke up early to climb gokyo ri this morning. Gokyo ri is 5360 m another 185 floors of gain and when you get to the top, we are treated to one of the best views of the Himalayas. We looked out on Everest, on Choyu, on Makalu, on Pumori and it is lovely to see these mountains from different views.
I know yesterday because I was doing my update by torchlight, I couldn’t tell you the name of the glacier we had crossed. It is the Giyozumba glacier and it is reportedly the biggest glacier in Nepal and it begins the dudh kosi. Many poeple refer to the dudh khosi, that have trekked Everest base camp and yesterday when we crossed the Cho La, we left the Everest watershed and entered the Choyu watershed but what I learned later today was actually downstream just south of namche bazar both streams join together and become the dudh khosi. So that was kind of fun. We started one of our teammates put us on to buying some naches as a snack and so we dropped some in Dingboche and we got some more today and just a reminder lots of people say yakchees but in fact the nak is the female yak so its probably best to say naches because yak cheese might be a little bit of a (inaudible)
We want to say a big happy birthday to Treen. Thinking about you and sending lots of love your way. On our little jaunt up Gokyo ri this morning Marian and a little bit of bopping around Gokyo but we’ve mostly tried to have a bit of a rest day because definitely our legs are tired. Marian had 11 130 steps, 185 floors and 8 km. I had 11 864 steps, and again around 8 km, 185 floors and Cam had 13 400 and a little over, almost 9 km on her fitbit. So we got up there, got a little bit of exercise. We were back down by Gokyo ri by 10 and I think all 3 of us, definitely it was a bit of a grunt on the way up. Its interesting when you choose to go uphill versus when we’ve had to. When we’ve got to go over passes you have to go whereas when you’re choosing, you can always choose not to but the view was definitely worth it and we still have plenty of day to rest. Tomorrow we will position for our next high pass, the renjo la and hopefully our legs have gotten enough rest and that is the report here from day 52 on the great big walk. Hope you’ve gotten out and had a great big walk. Thanks Kay for the Easter texts and for the other texts and hope you all are having a great Monday, I think this is Easter Monday. So we will catch it from tomorrow on the great big walk as well. Take care!
Total Steps for TA: 11 864 steps, 185 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 11 130 steps, 185 floors
Total Distance for TA: 8 km
Total Distance for Marian: 8 km
Great Big Walk acknowledges the support of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement in making these updates from the field possible.