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The Himalayas
April 7, 2008, 3:21 am
Filed under: India

Note:

This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘India ’08,’ in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Carpe Diem through India. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.


Hi everyone… well I just wanted to let everyone know what it’s like trekking in the Himalayas, which is the last thing I did with my group before they left. I know, two posts in the same day is a little intense, but quit your moaning and deal with it.
We trekked 6 hours (5 miles…3000 feet up) to Tryon. Um, definitely one of the most challenging experiences of my life. It’s like the endless stairmaster of doom. Finally we get up there, and it’s about 20 degrees outside and we’re all soaking… there were tents set up for us and I basically huddled into my sleeping bag for warmth.
We had plans to trek up to the snow line the next day, but there was fog everywhere, so basically I just ran around to try to get warm and sumo-wrestled with my bag and other people in the group. Emily is going to upload the video sometime and it’s just about the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen.


Emily and preparing to sumo wrestle with our travel packs, up in the Himalayas


Huddling for warmth in our ‘food’ tent

Then we were going to leave the NEXT day, but it stormed ALL night, our bathroom tents flew away (priceless….), and it was hailing and sleeting on our little hill. We were all huddled in one tent wondering what was going on, how long we were going to be there, whether we’d have food, and all of a sudden Dan comes by and he’s like “PACK YOUR SHIT WE’RE LEAVING!!”
So we hurriedly pack our stuff, all of it SOAKED, and we’re trekking DOWN the Himalayas in the sleet and snow and rain and god knows what, trying to walk in like 3-4 inches of snow, and we just high-tailed our butts down to McLeod Ganj in 3 hours. I guess I can’t expect anyone to understand how intense the situation was, but a) it was the most hardcore thing I’ve ever done, and b) I don’t think I will ever be properly warm again. So I just felt like I had to tell everyone about the Himalaya trek because it was so intense… now I’m lovely and warm down in freezing McLeod Ganj and tomorrow I start volunteering at “Volunteer Tibet Organization” and learning Tibetan. These next few weeks will be much slower than the intense stuff I’ve been going through in India because we were bouncing from place to place so often in India, but I think that’s a good thing… miss you guys and hope everyone is doing well! Much love,
Sangmo


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