Tuesday – October 6th
At dinner last night, Badri had told us that this trek has two parts….we have done the cultural part and now we start the adventure. He also told us that today’s walk would be longer in time but an easier walk. I am trusting that he was telling the truth!!!!
You would think that we would get tired of this phenomenon, but we haven’t yet!!!
From this camp, we could easily see our trail for the day…..
It goes past the two small villages and then heads to the right, over the mountain and into the valley. By the way, this is the valley that we will be in for the rest of the trek to ABC.
Several people have started calling them our doggie bowls!!!
This was a wonderful view of Annapura-South (the explorer’s weren’t all that creative when it came to naming these mountains)!!!
….followed by an omelet, toast & potatoes
You may notice that it is spelled differently than yesterday. I honestly think that it was spelled different on every sign that we saw so I just picked one!!
As we walked today, we were constantly in sight of Machapuchare or one of the Annapurnas and it was exciting to know that we were getting closer!!
We passed one field where a family was hard at work, laying some sort of vegetation out to dry…..
Michael and I have talked a lot about what these people must think about us on a vacation with all of our fancy equipment when they are working so hard to just survive. It helps me to remember that we are pouring money into this community as we trek!!
I loved this photo with the contrast of the blues and whites……
….always following along the Chumrung river.
On the middle of the bridge, we passed kids who were heading to school at Chumrung which means that they walk 2800 steps UP to school and 2800 DOWN again. Badri told us that they REALLY want to go to school.
I was very glad that we didn’t have to cross on it!!!!
As we had approached the bridge I commented that my knees would be happy with some stairs UP since we had done so much down. But as soon as we crossed the bridge, I got my wish!!!
Badri told us that these mats are made out bamboo and are very expensive so they are a treasured asset of any family.
It was actually amazing to realize that we had come this far in less than two hours!!!
I mentioned to Badri that Sabine speaks excellent English and he then encouraged us to ask both of the assistant guides lots of questions so that they could practice more.
As we walked, the Annapurnas and Machapuchare kept peeking out over the landscape…..
We stopped early for lunch (10:45) at Sinuwa (pronounced Shin-u-a). Badri told us that this was the best place to stop between camp 3 and 4.
Monise is 18 years old and has only been trekking for about a year. His English is not great and he is a little bit shy but seems to be a sweet hearted kid. Sabine is 28 and started trekking in 2005. His English is very good and he has been acting as an Assistant Guide for several years. He has a quick wit and fun sense of humor.
And of course, there had to be a photo of the happy couple!!!!
….and enjoyed a lunch consisting of Yak Cheese which is very dry and tasty, french fries, cole slaw and baked beans. The most interesting part of the meal was a type of bread that is made by the Gurung people who live in this area. It was VERY yummy!!
As we were eating, one of the groups we had met at our last camp passed our table and commented that we were getting the stellar treatment…. it was true!!!
MAYBE they could have found a better place for these???
Badri and Sera spent some time talking to the owners of this tea house as they chopped mushrooms…..
Makes me wonder if we will find mushrooms in our evening meal??
We finished with lunch and packed up to leave about 11:55.
Yesterday I had said that going around a corner was fun because you never knew what you were going to see, however this afternoon I realized that I didn’t WANT to turn the corner because it just meant that there were more steps either up or down!!
I would love to see these in bloom!!
The paths themselves were wide and, as Badri had informed us, there was not a lot of up and down but there was a lot of following around the edge of the mountain and looking precariously over the side at the valley below.
One of the huge waterfalls started out as one stream and then broke into three or four smaller ones as it flowed down the mountain.
Michael stopped several times to take photos of the waterfalls and then apologized to Badri and Sera for stopping so much. They said that it was ok and Michael added that “there is nothing like this at home”! Badri is constantly telling us that this is OUR trek and that he is just there to make sure that we enjoy it!!
It is also interesting that we keep seeing different faces of the mountain as we are slowly traveling closer and around it. We were told that it is called “King’s Crown” and is considered a holy mountain in Nepal. It is also off limits to climbers although if they opened it up, the country would potentially make lots of money on fees and permits as climbers would rush to climb it.
The sun was fairly strong at this point and most people were slathered in sunscreen, however some hikers decided that an umbrella would be best…..
….although it did make it hard to pass them on narrow trails!!!
We passed a sign that read….. “Dear Honorable Trekkers. We would like to request you not to take Chicken, Pork and Buffalo meat in this special management zone from Sinuwa to ABC due to ancient beliefs, holy temple and natural secret mountains. If so, natural calamities and personal accident may occur so we humbly request to follow such specified instructions. Thank you…… Tourism Sub-Management Committee” …… REALLY???
No matter how it was spelled, it was one of the nicest ones on the entire trip…..we were often wishing for another “Westren” one!!!
Although when this photo was taken Michael was telling me to keep going to get out of his shot. Oh well, this one ended up being the best one anyway!!!
We could see a rockslide on one of the valley walls so I asked Sera about it, wanting to know when it would have happened. He looked concerned and quickly told me that they happen sometimes but that the area is very stable…..I told him that I wasn’t worried but just interested.
Then we had a classic interaction between Michael and Badri. Michael asked how Nepali’s pronounce Fishtail, meaning how to pronounce Machapuchare. Badri took a deep breath and said “Fishtail”!!! Michael looked back at him and called him a Jackass!!!
But he had to wait for the bridge to be empty before we could cross The unspoken rule is that you ALWAYS give the porters right of way!!!….
We passed a woman from Vancouver and had a minute or two to chat. She looked at me and said “Don’t worry, the effort is worth the view!!” That was probably the best thing that I could have heard at that point in time!!
We arrived at camp in Dovan at 8,220 feet (a gain of 1,100 feet)…not a lot of gain, but at least we are trending upward!!!
….and say “one more day done!!!”
Tomorrow is supposed to be a hard day so bed called early…..