October 29, 2012
IMG guide Justin Merle reports that the team made a 4AM start from their camp above Phedi and were able to get across the Thorung La (17,769 feet / 5,416 m) in good shape. Weather was good and they enjoyed great views north towards Tibet, south toward the Annapurnas, and east toward Dhaulagiri. After crossing the pass, they descended to the ancient village of Muktinath (about 12,000 feet), which is one of the holiest places for both Hindus and Buddhists with many pilgrims coming here every year. Tomorrow the team will visit the local temple and explore the area.