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Himalaya

Day 52: Derali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Derali, Nepal 
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Macchapuchare, 'Fish-Tail Mountain', is looking in much better shape than I am as Wongchu (who has twice climbed Everest) hangs patiently behind me.
Michael Palin - HimalayaAt breakfast Wongchu asks me how I am. I give him quite a detailed progress report on cold, cough, sandpaper-like throat and general collapse of system.

He ponders this in a Harley Street sort of way, before narrowing his eyes like Sherlock Holmes confronted with a new and unexpected clue.

'You have beer last night?'

I try to cast my mind back.

'A little.'

Wongchu nods gravely.

'No beer.'

The sun is still out of reach, setting fire to the crests of the mountains, but still a long way from delivering us from this bitter morning chill. We fall to reminiscing about the good old days in the heart of the Sahara desert.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 52: Derali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Derali
  • Book page no: 117

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