Late last month, just before I left for Ladakh, I mentioned in a blog post that I had 2 prayer flags for my putative 2 summits, courtesy of my friend Dr. Chauhan, our running guru and the inspiration behind La Ultra the High, one of the world’s toughest ultra marathons.
I met up with my La Ultra friends most nights in Leh – they were acclimatising, ditto me, so we would slowly wander the little streets of Leh, and eat dinner together every night. Then I set off to climb, and they continued acclimatising for one heck of a race. Just read about it and marvel at what humans can achieve.
As I slowly pottered my way through the Markha valley and up to KY case Camp and then KY ABC (Advanced Base Camp) I carried my special La Ultra prayer flags with me.
And here I am, on the summit of Kangyatse II with Doc’s flags. As promised.
The view from the summit was unbelievably fabulous.
Deep blue sky, mountains for ever and then some. And just 6 of us on the whole mountain – 3 climbers and 3 guides.
Too too special and gorgeous.
Of course, I do have some unfinished business, and thus one more set of prayer flags that will, one day, inshallah, be placed on another mountain summit.
As they say, a promise made…