Nepal and Thailand 12 Oct 2005 05:40 pm
We are back from the trek, tired, but very satisfied.
We saw all of the mountains from up close, went many kilometers by foot (on average 7 hours each day, when 10 hours was our longest day), slept in shabby lodges, and in general had a great time. Our porter was also semi-guide, he led our way, and helped with translation to the local people. When walking, every new person you meet, should be greeted with a “Namaste” (a local ‘hello’). It’s very nice, and gives the feeling that everyone is friendly. The nepali people on the way are of (mostly) 2 sorts: porters, guides, and carriers: people who carry a lot of heavy baggage on their backs (and often with a bandage attached to their head), or people who try to sell you something: either merchandise, food, or offer you a lodge to stay.
We met many interesting travellers on the way: canadians, chinese, japanese, irish, danish, german, south african, and many israelies. All have interesting stories to tell, and all want to see the great views around.
On the way we saw rice fields, flower fields, many waterfalls and rivers (and some shabby bridges above them), forests (like in the fairy tales), small villages, and of course 8-km high mountains.
Our average day went like this:
6am – wake up and order breakfast
7am – eat breakfast (the nepali people are very slow…)
7:15am – start walking
12:00 – stop at some village and order lunch
13:00 – eat lunch
13:15 – start walking again
14:30 – 16:30 – stop at some village for the night.
20:30 – 21:00 – go to sleep.
(Now is 21:25, way past our bedtime, we are tired ).
We plan to have a day of rest tommorow, and go for rafting a day after (for 3 days).
Some new photos are at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annaben
Hope you are having a great time back home,
We sure are
Anna and Eli