Seb's Big Adventure
Just one day exploring the mountains here has made living in such basic conditions for 10 days suddenly more than worth it. Today, as you've probably guessed, I took a day off and tomorrow I will leave for Osh. Things have ended on an immense high. I trekked up the mountain immediately behind the camp early this morning, a two hour climb which was relatively easy to reach a 3,200 metre peak with panoramic views in all directions. The weather was a bit disappointing - in fact it was snowing at the top. The first snow of the season; I almost felt priveledged. However as the clouds slowly began to break, the most incredible scenes developed as rays of sunlight shone down onto the orange-brown valleys and peaks in all directions. It made for some breathtaking moments. You can see a photo of me taking a photo of such a moment in the pic with this entry! After heading back down to camp in the afternoon and discovering that the weather had improved, I decided at 4 pm to join one of the workers and his donkeys who were going to collect camping equipment from the same peak that I'd scaled earlier in the day. It was like seeing the same views in a completely different light; the clouds had gone, the visibility was near endless, and the early evening sunlight made one of the most desolate places on Earth seem amazingly alive.