First day of the trek, took four hours to get to the small village of Phakding with regular rests. We dropped 200 metres today altogether. The group is still in a generally good mood overall and clearly a more boisterous group than Newcastle who are now trekking with us due to their delays.
Speaking of high spirits, Rod Low has not disappointed us – keeping the bunch laughing with his top-notch banter. Thank God we have him, have a feeling he may become more and more valuable as the trip goes on. Otherwise, the participants seem to be getting on very well together – always a worry with treks like this.
Dinner was yak with rice and onion soup – delish.
Rooming with Daryah tonight, the lodges on this trek are so much more luxurious than the tents of Kilimanjaro.