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Acclimatisation really begins
Thanks so much for the many well wishes and notes that you have been sending through. It is humbling to know that sharing my journey is an inspiration, and motivating you to go for your big hairy audacious goals.
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Yesterday the Team departed the city of Shigatse and continued our journey west along the Friendship Highway to the small town of Shegar (New Tingri).
We spent most of the day travelling above 4000m and crossed the Langpa La pass at 5220m. At most of the passes groups of enthusiastic Tibetans are waiting offer the sale of prayer flags, necklaces, fossils, and other souvenirs to all stopped traffic.
The scenery was again spectacular but it was a relief to arrive at our hotel in New Tingri after another 5 hours in the bus.
Over the last 3 days we have mainly been like Tourists with a lot of our time spent in buses traveling to our next destination, and then doing little wonders around to see some of the key Tourist attractions and to stretch our legs. While we have been over 4800 m a few times as we have traveled to New Tingri, we have been taken there by bus, so have not been doing anything at the time. So dealing with the higher altitude has not really been a challenge.
So it was good to head outside after lunch and get some fresh air and exercise with an adventurous acclimatisation climb of the hill overlooking New Tingri. Using our steam to climb the hill and return. Even though it was only a short hike, we were all puffing and panting. The affect of the altitude on our fitness and strength becomes apparent very quickly. Things we take for granted that we can do easily without loosing breathe, at lower altitudes, leave us puffed. It is a sign of what is ahead of us.
We will do some more short hikes over the next couple of days up similar hills stretching our legs and learning to become acclimatised ready for heading into Chinese Base Camp at the road end.
Wishing you all an inspirational life of adventure.
Posted by Sarah Wilson on 3rd September, 2010 | Comments
Tags: Altitude, Adventure, Tibet, Cho Oyu
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