We made it! Or rather I should say, I made it, because there was no doubt that Katie would.
We had to get up and start trekking at 4am today to see the sunrise from base camp. Trekking the final few miles and gaining another 1500ft of elevation in the darkness and cold was not pleasant but having made it this far I wasn’t going to stop now.
Up this high, the forest and lush vegetation we have been trekking in has disappeared and we have rocks. Steep rocks covered in moss and a low growing yellow grass. And all around us are Mountains. You can turn a full 360 degrees and see Mountains in every direction. We were standing in the middle of the Annapurna range. And for the first time the sheer enormity of those mountains hit me. Cold gray rock and pretty white snow rose up high enough to cover most of the sky. It was an immense and impressive sight. I would have liked to stay longer to appreciate the view, and to appreciate my own accomplishment as well.
I didn’t do it with flare, or with a great deal of athletic prowess, but I made it to 13,500ft and the base camp of a Himalayan Mountain.