This blog post is direct continuation of a story which I started on a previous blog post. So, if you wanna read the whole story, start from the previous one!
In Upper Pisang we made a decision to trek to Tilicho lake. Tilicho lake is the highest lake in the world locating in 4919 meters high! We have heard from many people while trekking that the Tilicho lake is amazing. Well, then we just have to go see it on ourselves!
Tilicho lake trek is furthermore a great way to acclimate (adapt to high altitude). We took the higher route from Upper Pisang to Manang. This route choosing is also a better way to acclimate comparing to lower route through Lower Pisang.
It’s very important to acclimate well in these heights. Great part of our sick days was that we had a much time to acclimate already in 2600 meters and 3300 meters. Usually many trekkers takes a rest day for acclimation in Manang (3540m). Really it would be better to acclimate after every 1000 meters ascent when you are above the 2500 meters. When you are letting your body to adapt for higher altitudes, you can more certain avoid the altitude sickness. You always have to take seriously the altitude sickness. The most common symptoms for altitude sickness are headache, malaise, sleeping problems and lack of appetite. In serious cases it’s causes mental confusion, heavy cough and breathing difficulties. In these altitudes we decided to start preventive medication; zolamide 125 mg every 12 hours, so taking one at morning and one at evening. It is diuretic. So it’s increasing production of urine, so it decreases the amount of fluid in your body. Altitude sickness causes extra fluid building up in cells and in the worst case the fluid builds up within the lungs or brain. So this medication prevents that.
So from the Upper Pisang we started again our climbing up. It was 9. trek day and it started with awful ascending to Ghyaru village (3670m). We hiked steep uphill for about one hour. It felt that it’s never going to stop. From Ghyaru we continued through Ngawal village to Bhraka (3360m). The common instruction is that hike up and sleep low. So, it’s better that you hike high, but come back for lower altitude to sleep. This route was perfect for that.
From Bhraka it would be short distance to Manang, where usually everybody goes, but we wanted to stay in more quiet and peaceful Bhraka. On the next morning we walked through Manang towards Khangsar (3734m). Manang seemed a little bit touristy, so we were glad that we chose another village to stay over night. From Manang we bought couple of sweet buns to go and continued our trek.
We woke up early in Khangsar for leaving towards for Tilicho base camp. In this part of a trek there was big land slide area, which should cross over on morning before mid day sun, which is heating up the rocks on uphill to make them move down. This area should cross calmly, minding your steps and keeping some distance to each other while trekking. If the next person trekking behind you is far enough, he or she can more better to see and warn from the falling rocks or avoid for being at the same land slide spot and get help if needed.
We arrived safely to the Tilicho base camp (4150m) after mid day. In this part of a trek the views was incredible and the route was constant uphill and downhill. Base camp was crowded. Like, really crowded. Luckily we still got beds from dorm room. Many people ended up for sleeping to dining hall, cause there was no more rooms left. The evening went by comfortable in the dining hall in the warm of stove while enjoying the multi cultural environment.