We start walking in the light of our torches. Damn it’s so cold! I have a bad feeling in my stomach. As long as it is dark we keep as a group together. I always have to wait for the others which brings me out of my walking rhythm.
The rising sun is painting the west side of the Kailash in a beautiful gold. It is a nice motivation to continue between al the pilgrims who don’t have a problem with the altitude.
I walk the last meters of the 5636m high Dolma La pass with Wanja from Germany. The air gets thinner. Every steps hurts. After reaching the pass I can’t manage to hold my emotions back. I made it! I was lucky and brave to fulfill this dream! I enjoy the panorama over the ocean of prayer flags while the tears of joy were drying on my cheeks.
We descend happy but cold and wait for more than one hour for the others. Unfortunately Ines and Javier had to go back because of high altitude problems which can cause death in this altitude.
The rest of the way is tiring. We were supposed to stay another night at the Zutrulpuk monastery but after we arrive there we decide to keep on going. It is only 11 km till the starting point of the hike. This means a day hike of 31km but we can also have a hot shower!
The last kilometers are hurting badly. I drink the last sip of water and eat the last cookie. I made it! A incredible but also tiring hike is behind me. I had the chance to let my mind be free. I lay happy in my bed a look forward for the next travel days through the beautiful and sometimes so quirky but also exciting Tibet.