Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back to civilization - Pothana to Phedi

Day 11 Pothana (1,990m) -> Phedi
Total time: 3 hrs
Breakfast: Fried noodles with fried eggs, gunung bread with cheese
Lunch: Fried rice, tandoori chicken & fish with curry (@ hotel)

It's back to civilization today!  So fast... our Annapurna Sanctuary trek will end soon.  Today will be an easy walk back except for the part from Dhampus to Phedi where it's a long steep stop steps down.  There are people who chose to start from Phedi and I really can't imagine how they did it especially when it was just the start of the trek.

The China guy we met at ABC started his trek at Phedi.  He had initially intended to do it on his own.  Carrying his big and heavy backpack, with his two trekking poles, he slowly started his climb up the steep steep steps up to Dhampus.  He gave up when he reached Dhampus and decided to engage a guide cum porter for the rest of the journey.  It was so tiring he doubted he can reach ABC if he were to do it on his own.  So I am glad we did the other way, starting at Nayapul, a good base for me to start and get adjusted to trekking.

The day greeted us with a really nice sunrise.  For so many days in the mountain, today was the 1st time we saw the sun as big, as round, as bright as an egg yolk rising up from the mountains.  It was a nice end to the trek. :D

Sunrise @ Pothana

@ Dhampus

Machhapuchhre aka Fish tail

Kenn trying to pick up the "Fishtail" (Machhapuchhre)

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