We woke up to another beautiful day. Had bowls of hot water served to our tent so we could wash up and pack before breakfast and then off for a 10 km (6 mile) day. We started off at the Buddhist Temple just above our campsite. It had a wonderful statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. We made an offering for the temple and the lama knotted us a yellow necklace and let us light a butter lamp. We were also able to get in a lovely meditation there.
We continued on a beautiful ridge and saw some views of Jumolhari, the second highest peak in Bhutan at 7,200 meters ( 23,600 feet). It is the left most snow capped one and it looks a lot more impressive in person. We could also see some forest fires in the valley. (That’s the smoke on the left.)
We also saw some yaks this day ( pictures only on the other cameras). Beautiful all black, and some black and white. Very regal.
We continued through thick alpine forests above 12,000 feet and I began to fell really out of breath and a bit headachy and nauseous. I was going VERY slowly. As we FINALLY saw the camp ahead, Julie got the symptoms in a completely severe way and had to stop. Head pounding and ready to throw up. We limped into camp and took our Altititude Sickness pills and lay down.
About 2 – 2.5 hours later we got up. I was feeling not that much better but Julie was WORSE. By the way, extreme bitchiness is a symptom. I told the guide we needed another plan and he was already on it.
We packed up and started downhill immediately, horses and everything else following. We did about 1 hour in the twilight and 1 hour in darkness with headlamps ( thank god for headlamps !!) and eventually our lead guy, Tashi, with a gas lantern. (We had Tashi in front and our guide, Norbu in back). We felt better within 15 mintues. Within 2 hours we reached 11,000 feet and a nice little campsite. And there we stayed. We had a fire, a nice dinner ( we couldn’t eat much) and we slept the best we could.