This is the first day of trekking, walking from Yuksom to Tshoka. We manage to have a clear view of one of the ice cap from Yuksom. The trek is very tropical and moist. Somehow, I can't seems to walk fast; I'm not tired, perhaps it is the coldness, or perhaps I am getting AMS (Acute mountain sickness). Hamal (Hemal's brother) help to carry my bag, and it did help slightly.

Pretty young lady and shy baby
Pretty young lady and shy baby

We have lunch midway, as they put up a plastic table in the middle of the jungle and serve orange juice. It's kinda cool and luxury (with 3 trekkers, they are 7 people and 3 yaks in our "expedition"). We have puri, aloo and noodle soup, nothing short of than 5-stars treatment.

Table lunch in the mountain
Table lunch in the mountain
Puri, aloo and noodle soup
Puri, aloo and noodle soup

On the way, we saw a chicken being put inside a box container tied to one of the yak (or zook), with a cut hole for the chicken to put its head out. It's a funny sight, I guess we shall have chicken for one of our meal. The journey is long and steep, cold and misty; it's not easy for me (a casual trekker) even without any bag. Everyone else seems to walk faster than us, perhaps we lack stamina, or perhaps it's too cold.

We reach Tsokha about 4pm, and quickly change into our warm and dry cloth. Our yak transport soon arrived with out main bags. Unexpected we got to stay in a lodge (rather than a camp), and there are about 15 tourists and 15 workers. Another group came down to party after their successful climb, taking local rums and singing.

We are quite tired for the day, close the door and fallen asleep rather quickly. Hamal, Hemal and another guy sleep in the same room as us as well.