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Yakkety Yak

Have completed the 5 day Dzongri trek - at the top there are great views of kangchengdhongza (3rd highest mountain).
I went on an organized trek with Lydia (Lily) - a wonderful trekking partner and great company. We had been promised 3 porters, 1 guide and a yak and tented accommodation. We got 1 guide (Naveen) and a heavily loaded porter (Son Samon) - carrying 88 pounds of weight in a wicker basket strapped to his forehead! Poor sod, but he had a job so was relatively fortunate. Luckily, we stayed in wooden huts (not tents) - very very basic, but when it's - 10 degrees it's way better than a tent. So cold our water bottles turned to a solid block of ice in our rooms at night.
Day 1 was walking about 10 miles to the 1st village "Tshoka" (4 almost derelict wooden huts) at an altitude of 3000m (10000feet). One of them contained a wood burning clay stove, which everyone huddles around waiting for food and bedtime. The room is full of smoke despite windows and door being open, so not roasting hot - we still needed many layers of clothes to be working. Although it was absolutely freezing Naveen provided a 2nd sleeping bag and a hot water bottle at night. With 4 layers of clothes on we weren't cold at all... Till we got up needing a pee in the night!
Day 2 we walked up hill for a few hours to the smaller village of Dzongri (2 huts) - 4000m (13000feet). Absolutely freezing! The walk was very misty through wonderful woods up a steep well marked path. We were greeted with a hot cup of tea and lunch by the fire, in a tiny room with a very smoky fire, by Didi - a lady that lives up in the but for 5 months at a time!
Despite visibility down to just a few metres, we decided to climb 200m higher to the view point. We could see nothing and were about to come down when for a few brief minutes the clouds parted and boy o boy what a view! We were so excited and so so happy.
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Day 3. We got up at 4.10am to go up and see the mountains at sunrise. It was so cold up there that my fingers went numb each time I took gloves off to take a photo. The views of kachenjunga were staggering.
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We went back for a much needed tea and hot breakfast by the fire and waited for my fingers to thaw out.
Part 2 in a second, as the WiFi here is shit and won't cope with me sending too big a blog.

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