AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Altitude: 1,190m Climb: 1,010m Time: 3hr 30m + 1hr 30m breaks Daily Cost: 3,300 rupees ($34/£20) We ate breakfast and left the lodge at our usual time of 8:15am. Out of the village we crossed a suspension bridge and saw a sign pointing up the hill for Paudwar. We knew that route led to Khopra Danda but everyone had said Paudwar had no lodges and to climb 2,500m in a day seemed to far for us. We continued on the main route towards Ghorepani. The road went up a steep hillside and the sun was already hot. This was going to be a tough day! We followed the to road, then cut off the road onto a path which lead directly up the hillside. There was partial shade now and again, but mostly we were in the hot sun. We climbed for a while until we reached a section where the hillside turned to rock. The rock was bright white and looked like marble. It reflected the heat making this, which was the steepest and hardest part into the hottest part too. Up the steep stone side we went until we reached the road again. We’d been little more than an hour and we’d already climbed 400m. We were dripping with sweat and boiling. Luckily there was a tea shop on the corner. We got into the shade and ordered some drinks. Whilst waiting we stuck our heads under the tap to cool off. From here we could see up the valley where we would be walking for the rest of the day. The valley had a road linking the many villages together. Harry pointed out the village of Shika, it was about the furthest village we could see. That was where we would have lunch. At just before 10am we set off into the heat again. The path up the valley towards Ghorepani wasn’t too bad. We didn’t struggle with it or feel tired. It was just hot. Luckily the amount of shade did increase, which helped us a lot. We passed through many villages at a good pace and made good time to Shika. We found a lodge on the edge of the ridge looking down over the valley we’d just walked up. The view was pretty good even though the haze obscured most of the valley. We asked the owner about a route to Khopra Danda and to our delight he told us the exact route to get there. He told us that after a short walk we should follow the road left, then up to Swanta. That was not much over an hour from Shika...

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Altitude: 2,520m Climb: Descent: 1,330m Time: 6hr 30m + 1hr 30m breaks Daily Cost: 4,300 rupees ($44/£26) This was planned to be a long grind of a day. There was nothing of interest marked in the guide book. We knew that dropping in altitude the haze would be back and obscure the views and the temperature was going to rise to make this a hot day. We left the lodge at 8:30am and walked through Kalopani on the road. Just after the village we turned left into the woods. Walking through the woods was nice. It reminded us of home. After the woods the landscape opened out to grassy fields with dry stone walls. This was eerily similar to walking in the Yorkshire Dales (ignoring the 7,000m peaks in view). This was a nice start to the day and we excitedly told Harry that with the exception of the mountains this was pretty much what walking near our home was like. We joined the road and walked along it for probably about an hour. We reached the village of Ghasa and walked through. At the end of the village was a checkpoint for our permits. It was also a tourist information point. I’d read in the Lonely Planet about a side trip which have great views of the Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurna range, but it had no details out route. I asked about the Khopra Danda trek and the guy asked me where that was. Oh well, I’ll ask in Tatopani about it. Just after the village we reached a split in the path, down to a suspension bridge or straight along the road. We stopped to wait for Harry. After 5 minutes he didn’t arrive. We waited another 5 minutes, still nothing. I decided to walk back up the path to the lodges we’d past. He might have needed a drink, or the toilet, or just a rest. But he wasn’t there. I went back down to Annemarie. We decided there was nothing we could do but continue and hope we meet him in Tatopani. We walked down and crossed the bridge and walked along the path beside the river. Then we saw Harry. He was sat beside another suspension bridge about 200m away. He’d walked on the road and crossed this second bridge while we’d followed the markers to the old bridge. From here we walked along a good path beside the river. The river which had had a gorge half a mile wide was now squeezed into a gorge of 100m metres wide. It made a lot more noise now! Walking down here was hot...

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Tatopani


Posted on Apr 27, 2014

Posted from Tatopani, Western Region, Nepal.

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