The vegetation changed to high alpine plants and became very different from what I have seen before. The most interesting plants were the Giant Lobelia and Feather Lobelia.
|Batian Peak now in sight|
|Feather Lobelia - this was one of the shorter ones|
We joined a more defined track for a while then left it at 4200 where we dropped down into a valley. While the crew are slow going uphill with their big packs they are speedy going down and I was pushing to keep up in the rocky shallow scree slope. At the bottom we were onto very rocky terrain sidling around the mountain. We started climbing up 100 m then dropped to two lakes where we had lunch. The porter and cook left early while I finished lunch. I suggested to Zachary that he also started walking but he just smiled. I imagine it is not a good look for the guide to be leaving his client alone.
|The crew discussing the route. The normal route is along the ridge and down but we went straight down|
|Heading down at speed|
|Rocky sidle - not a well traveled track|
|Bonus surprise of two tarns. This is the first|
|Second Tarn. On the skyline is a sandy looking patch - this is where we climbed up|
|Steep grunt up to the saddle|
|Climbing loose scree is not easy|
|I was a lot quicker with my light pack and walking poles. Below is my 3 crew|
|David first one up|
|The green building below is Shipton Camp|
|Shipton Camp - not a bad location|
|Rock Hyrax on the rock below the tree|