Yesterday we had quite a tough hike with challenging conditions but we made good time and we all still had smiles on our faces at the end of the day. We went over our first high pass at just under 16,000ft while snowing but mostly rain throughout the day. We missed some of the spectacular views of the high peaks but sometimes the clouds rolling through the mountains in fog with a little bit of rain is just as spectacular especially when the clouds reveal a mountain that you didn’t know was there. After the pass and some lunch down below we trudged through some thick mud at times with only a few slips in the mud.
All cleaned up and rested we headed out this morning in better weather and a much easier hike into Chebisa, a small village where there is currently an Archery tournament going on right outside our tents. It seems like better weather is coming and we will welcome the sun when it does come back only to reminisce about the “fun” rainy days before. We’ve had a lot of cultural experiences along the way as well which I find to be the best part of traveling to far off places in the World. We visited a school today, had lunch in a welcoming family’s house, visited a 7th century Fortress where they are reconstructing it, and are now watching the archery match with at least 20 young men are competing. We have a small head cold that is getting past around to a couple members but for the most part everyone is healthy and happy.
Thanks for following along,