March 31 – April 7 – Getting ready for the high altitude
We left Kathmandu early in the morning of March 31 by jeep and it took us seven hours to drive 135km (?!) to the small village of Syabru Bensi. The next two days I walked up the Langtang Valley to village of Kyanjin Gompa at 3,730m. It was an easy and beautiful, but at times very steep walk up to the upper part of the valley. Up there I did some acclimatization hikes on Kyanjin Ri (4,700m) and Tserko Ri (4,984m). It was a beautiful view from up there and I was able to admire several 7,000m peaks nearby. Yes, the Himalayas are an impressive mountain range!
Beside hiking and trekking I also spent some time with Tibetan families, mostly in the kitchen of their guesthouses, admiring these hard working people and playing with their children. I had a wonderful time! Later this week I also met up with my Everest climbing partner Jim Keogh. Jim is a UPS pilot based in the US. We had a good talk on the way down and I am looking forward to our Everest climb together next week. We also met some other nice trekkers along the way and had a very good time together. Jim and I also were able to enjoy the help of two young Sherpa guides which made communication in this remote area much easier for us.
Finally, after a seven and a half hours drive we arrived back in Kathmandu on April 7. It was a good start of the journey and I really enjoyed hiking in these beautiful mountains, learning about the hard life of the local people and meeting some interesting trekkers along the way.