Napal is a tiny hamlet at the head of a very narrow valley hemmed in on both sides by steep wooded slopes and cliffs. Above the hamlet there is a remarkable rock formation – a slab of limestone half a kilometre long, fifty metres wide, and perhaps twenty to thirty metres high.
The south face is impossibly hot in summer, so now that temperatures are milder, that’s where Catherine and Ion would be climbing today. I went with them, minding Lur (the black labrador – remember?) and Enaut – safely at the foot of the cliff. It was also a great opportunity to take in the awe-inspiring scenery, and of course to give the young ones a few tips from back when I climbed Anapurna. ;~)