It’s in the morning and i’m 3500m above sea level.
I’m sitting on the roof of my guesthouse shivering in my yak wool jumper, gloves and thermals, wishing i’d bought more layers.
The cold crisp air was cleansing my body of its aches and pains and the view made me forget the hours of pain. The Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas, that includes one peak over 8,000 metres, thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres, and sixteen more over 6,000 metres.
To Upper Pisang Today the Nepalese stomach kicked in in force. As we walked my stomach was forgotten and I was positively giddy.
Berating ourselves for our decision to keep going, we saw more and more snowy peaks, our breath was frosting up.
Finally the next town was in sight and a sigh of relief filled my soul.
I ran around trying to find some superglue to hold it on until I could make it to the next major town. A 3 hour hike to Chame to fix my shoes, but the Annapurna’s had other plans.
4 packets and a roll of duct tape later and my soles seemed to be holding on. We arrived at 12pm, my shoes were going to take an hour to fix so I wandered around town in a sexy socks and sandals combo.
It was a lovely moment that was only slightly ruined by the discovery of 2 leeches in my pants. I got all the really important trekking items in Australia to make sure they were good quality. They were a bit older but seemed to be in good nick.
Alas the glue holding the shoes together was not in such good nick. Exactly what you want to occur on day 3 of an intense mountainous hike which is going to send you up into the snow.