Day 81: A physically and mentally hard day crossing over Tilman Pass (5308m)

Posted on 17 May 2017

Kyangjin Gumba 3830m

Matt is excited to climbFollowing an exquisite birthday cake event we awoke to a sunny morning and departed our camp at Tin Pokhari (apparently the Lakes had drained following the earthquake, so it wasn't a visibility issue).

We climbed a ridge then descended again, a profile that was repeated several times in the day. We ascended along several moraine ridges with a lunch stop alongside one of them and finally stopped at a "campsite" at the head of the glacier where a dispersal concept was used to locate tents over the boulder field and the proximity to the "small blue tent" was a distinct advantage.

We had an early rise for an alpine start to the Tilman Pass before the boulder field was exposed to the sun and became even more unstable underfoot. Our climbing Sherpa Lakpa had earlier fixed the necessary safety ropes on the more difficult sections of the climb and we donned mountain boots and crampons for the frozen ice slopes.

Heading to Tilman's PassThe descent from the pass (summited in bright sunlight) was across several snowfields then down to several moraine fields making it very physically and mentally hard work with each footstep being calculated to avoid slips and unstable rocks.

Camp was achieved early afternoon and weary legs were rested with afternoon naps before the evening meal was consumed with a well earned appetite.

The following morning we struck camp and headed down the moraine field with carefully placed footsteps on loose rocks and were skillfully navigated to the snout of the glacier by our leaders and followed the river down to the confluence of two rivers where a recently constructed cantilever bridge saved us the discomfort of wading across the somewhat chilly glacial river.

We continued to follow the river bank with a lunch stop to the first village called Kyangjin Gompa where much reconstruction was underway following the 2015 earthquake.

A campsite (with grass!) was acquired and enjoyed with the afternoon sun along with the views of the mountains around the valley.

Matt, Brian, Martin, Stephen, Ian, Goerge & TLs. Juddha Rai/ Bikash Rana.

Thank you for comments Heather & Dave. We are really happy & appreciative. We are looking forward to more comments to break through the west Hilsa. We are all ok. All is good. It's giving us more power to make our goal. Juddha Rai. Heading up after the rock cliff

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