7 3 Talk To Tibetan Boys, Camp At Dhampu, Yak Herders Sleeping Area [26 of 41]
Two boys from an unseen village wandered up to see us at our lunch stop. We immediately offered them our left over lunches, which they eagerly accepted and put into their small bag. Shane got out her Tibetan phrase book and spoke to them. They were surprised at this foreigner speaking their language and they laughed. The trek was only slightly more difficult as we turned left and started our ascent of the Shao La (5030m). After an hour, Ram stopped us again and we just stood around waiting for Kumar and the yak herders. When Kumar arrived, he said this was Dhampu (4300m), where we were going to camp. The seven yaks rounded the corner with their bells tinkling, being led by the six yak herders who also carried some of our things. We crossed a small stream and Ram and crew quickly set up out tents and served us tea and cookies. The Tibetans set their camp just beyond sight of our tent. They set up two wooden poles about a metre high and hung a striped tarpaulin between them. They hung a second piece of material to close the far end and put their provisions there; the other side was open to the elements.