Published: June 7th 2008June 7th 2008
Well, I got back from the wilds today, had my first wash since May 24 or something like that, nice to be back to civilization of some sort.
Himalayas were awesome. We spend quite a few days acclimatizing, moving up from Badrinath (3100m) to our first camp at 3700m, then crossed the Holdsworth Pass (4500m) and dropped back down again into the Panpatia Valley where our target peaks were. From here we moved up the valley to Base Camp at 3800m, then established Advanced Base Camp at 4400m, things starting to get a bit chilly and air a bit thin at this stage. From here we had a big day up to High Camp at 5100m on the Panpatia Glacier, where we spent 4 nights camped on the ice, and managed to bag 4 previously unclimbed peaks, the highest being 'Shanti' at 5678m. Most of the party fell sick at some stage due to altitude or food/bowel problems which wasnt pretty! I managed to stay pretty healthy throughout thankfully! Anyway, turned out to be a successful few days at High Camp and we descended back to Base Camp over the course of a couple of days, and then moved back down the valley to the road head. Arrived back in Joshimath today and have been stuffing my face with snacks and beer this afternoon :) Heading for Rishikesh tomorrow for a night then I think on to Agra to see the Taj Mahal... after that i'm not sure but will keep you up to date! Thanks for reading this :) Teesy
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