Day 10 - Thorung Phedi to Muktinath     Summit Attempt: Thorung La

Thorung La pass is 5,416 meters or about 17,900 feet above sea level. We struggled out of our sleeping bags at 4 a.m. and were climbing by 5 a.m., kicking steps in the snow and marvelling at the starry sky. Usually, starlight was enough, but in the trickiest slippery spots, we used our flashlights. In this photo, taken at about 6:30 a.m. we are leaving a small lodge, the last emergency shelter between Thorung Phedi and Thorung La pass.
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Photo by Alistair Adams