Chris & I left the trailhead around 10am with our guide Julius. (I know that’s probably not how he spells it… but that’s the best that I could pronounce.)
The trail was steep & I started really feeling the altitude about 2 or 3 hours in. Chris (who had just climbed Mt Rainer) taught me a couple helpful tricks, including power breathing (taking a full, short breath out every few breaths).
We arrived at Laban Rata around 4pm.
start of trail – looking fresh
start to see peaks