Twenty days in the Himalayas
Tilicho Lake : highest lake in the world 4900m
After 8 walking days, 2 rest days in Manang (3500meters) for acclimatisation and 2 apple crumbles (No fruits except expensive apples at this altitude. YES, I miss french food A LOT !) I’m finally on my way to the famous Tilicho lake.
A path described as adventurous (meaning dangerous) in the guides… because you have to walk on the cliff with landslides to get to that magic place. The air is thicker and I can feel that I’m walking slowlier… I arrive at the Base Camp, at the bottom of the last mountain before to see the lake, 4200m and tomorrow it will be the last climb to reach the highest lake of the world (4900m).
Wake up at 7, I start to walk and quickly I feel the lack of oxygen, my hands are getting numbed, my head heavy and my legs weak… I keep going but at 4500 m, I have a bad headache and I’m losing my balance. I had the chance to do that part with two lovely friends I met all the way going up. They waited for me the all time, It took us more than 2 hours just to clim 150m. But we are still far from the lake and I now feel nauseous… The altitude seakness is to important and I decide not to push too much and just to go down, really disappointed.
Once back at the bottom, I felt a litlle bit better and took a rest the afternoon, a lot of water and a good night of sleep, I didn’t know what to do at first but I decided to try again and to go back to reach to very top the day after, with succes that time !!
What a pleasure to discover the lake, frozen, and the snowy mountains all around… A pure joy and the hapiness to be in front of a wonder of the nature !
Thorong La Pass : 5400 meters high
The most dificult part of the circuit hasn’t come yet… The highest point is 5400m : Thorong la Pass, a path in between two peaks. It is with apprehension that I move on, in three days I’ll be walking through thoses mountains I can see further away…
In fact, the ascent to go to the lake was way more difficult then to walk through the Pass… that felt easy in comparison. The difference ? the walk is not that steep, even if it is harder to breath because it is 5400m, when you walk slowly 1 step every second, it is ok… When I saw the flags with the sign Thorung la Pass, a huge smile appreared on my face ! I’m there, on the highest point of the circuit ! I’ve done it !
I start the way down, released but with stomach cramps thanks to my last meal… After a good rest day, I keep going down for the last few days… and a 10hours bus ride…
This experience has been unbelievable, the 10 days meditation and the teachings has helped me to break the mind and body limits… I found amazing books that guided me to program my mind to succeed the ascent ! A good meditation every morning, stretching and yoga… mantras, prayers and positives thoughts to breath easily. The most important thing is to be living the moment, be aware and feel the breath in and out and walk at the same time when you reach the 5000 m high. The state of mind IS the most important !