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Himalaya

Day 51: Dovan to Derali

Michael Palin - HimalayaTemperatures fell sharply in the night and when I push back the flap of my tent it's ice cold with condensation. As we approach the toughest part of the trek, I can no longer ignore the inconvenient fact that I am feeling pretty lousy, and, if I'm about to get what Basil is already suffering from, things could get a lot worse.

He sits at breakfast with a pile of tissues beside him, dressed all in black and looking like death warmed up. In between painful coughs and raucous nose-blowings he delivers sharp and pithy observations on the joys of trekking, most of which seem to be eluding him.

French toast and boiled eggs are barely digested before the Sherpas set about striking camp with military precision. They like to keep moving. Or do they know something about avalanches we don't?

I stubbornly resist offers from Nawang and Wongchu to carry my backpack for me.

It's become a matter of pride for me to carry it, a defiant attempt to show that there is still something I can do for myself.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 51: Dovan to Derali
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Dovan
  • Book page no: 115

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