Friday, 16 September 2011

15th Macha Khola to 16th Deng  (2600m)

We started in Machakhola, stopped at the hot springs in Tatopani and stopped on reaching  Jagat
Since Armala the valley was already narrow, but more and more the rocky hill slopes came closer and closer and for the next day we walked in a narrow gorge. And in the morning it took a long time, till the sun reached the bottom. Sometime the trail was in the bottom of the valley but often we had to do a lot of up and down when the path had to go on the steep hill side. Only on a very few places we could see fields or houses. It was like a rain forest area….nature so BEAUTIFUL!!!

We knew just from the word Tatopani, that there must bee a little hotspring in this village but we did not expected such a nice one. Under a huge poinsettia in full blosom a basin with two hot waterspouts ivited us. And after many ascensts in the rainy, sticky weather we urgently needed some good shower. We all queued up for a good clean up session, but after a good spa treatment every one was clean and happy. And even all our dirty clothes were smelling nice again. Not only I enjoyed the shower but so did our Neplai friends. What a wonderfull day. Tatopani is just a village of three houses. Up and down all along the way. Or ukkalo orralo in Nepali language!!! Over a period of time with my close link with Nepali friends I have managed to learn some Nepali language;))

So often, walking along a river and rains pouring on your head,can be very strenuous because the trail will climb most of the time on some steep hill slopes. And we would slip with all our loads on our by the time we reached Jagat we were back dirty as ever. We reached Jagat at 4pm at last!! In Jagat you can find a perfectly paved avenue. Jagat is a small village with maybe 25 houses. You can find just a shop.
Had our usual dal bhat….also managed to charge my sat-phone…and spoke to my worried MOM!!! My phone battery had got discharged because cud not get electricity in any of the villages. Here got my phone charged on a small battery in the lodge/house…I keep saying house because I refuse to call it a lodge..its so homely and far away from being a lodge.

16th Sept:  Jagat to Deng
On this day we started Jagat and a
fter crossing river, we had to climb many meters in the rain till we reached Philim . We continued in the afternoon on a trail through a dens forest. The trail continued through the narrow gorge. Slowly we also had the feeling of gaining height. We than stopped  for lunch in  Pewa… Crossed Nye…In the early afternoon we continued our trek crossed Ngyak and reached Deng(2600m) at 3:45pm!!!!! Indeed a very long Trek……..we have gained height and distance today… need to have gud rest…but called MOM before she presses panic button!!! Now time to unwind and eat….had tea and the Tibiten bread.
Ok guys I don’t feel like writing any more…..just want to rest bye for now…CHEER!!

manaslu continues.....

Reached Deng (2095m) 3:45pm...have treked more than what was in our schedule 9 looong hrs.....its  very tyring.....but I love this palce.....its so much better than the city....nature at its very best....people are so humble....they will share everything they have.....they are so happy to see them all....more in details after I finish my dinner...:))) out for my detailed blog EOD!!!! bye

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Journey to Mt. Manaslu continues....

h!!!m leaving for 'NYE' (2300m- 4429ft)....had a good trek yesterday....almost felt like going through the rain forest....loved rolling in mud and crossing a dozen water falls... shall call mom once we reach....had a hot cup of tea and some maggie for breakfast along with local bread....stomach ull and ready to move;))))

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Day 2 of my trek to Mt. Manaslu, Nepal

Journey begin
We arrived in Kathmandu on 10th Sept. That day we spent shopping some gears which I wanted to take along with me. Had to by trekking shoes as my last pair was in bad condition. Met my sherpas Mingma and Nima. Met up with some of my friends in Nepal also had a gud time with them. Next day had to get my satellite phone, and got it checked for its compatibility with my computer. With my final packing done, I was all SET. 
Could not sleep that night…just imagining the path I may be walking for the next 1 month….
Left  Kathmandu on 12th Sept 2011 at 7 am. We took a bus ride from Kathmandu.  Shortly after the road reaches trishuli river a bifurkation leads to the road. Till now it is still a normal road and we reached the little town of Dhading bazar.
No one could tell us, when the bus would start to Arughat so we just hired a complete truck. Since the roads are so bad …infact I don’t know if they should be called roads…the road clearance is better for trucks.
In Dhading Bazar there was a clear presence of soldiers but later we did not see them anymore.

Driving on the track from Dhading to Arughat Bazar
The next 5 hours we were shaken on a bumpy track and it was often difficult to get hold on something of the truck.

The best place was definitively on the cabin roof, but one had to be very cautious not to be thrown down.
I sat there the last 3 hours, but it was more like an rodeo on a furious bull.

The first Daal Bhat. A small restaurant served our first and delicious daal bhat. My friend William Cross looks still a bit skeptical.


We drove down to the valley of the Buddhi Gandaki. We had to cross an interesting bridge

Not only our bones were shaken hard, but also our truck had suffered.

Arughat Bazar (576m – 1893ft) Time taken 10hrs
Finally we arrived in Arughat bazar, a little town on the bank of Buddhi Gandaki.

We stayed in the only lodge one the east side of buddhi Gandaki. 

The lodge Didi made a excellent daal but soon we were all tired and went to bed. I also called home and updated my fb account through my satellite phone.            

13th Sept 2011
From Arughat Bazar to Khursanibari
Started at 7am
During the first days the trek is leading through a very narrow valley. We started to go along the Buddhi Gandaki river, which we will follow the next 10 days. Fortunately the weather was bright and sunny.
In Arughat bazar you can find many shops selling daily goods. Being the last village on the road it is the spot for whole- and retail salers. Families from the upper valley will come a few times in the year to Arughat to buy what ever they can not get in their village. A shopping tour which can take up to 10 days! WOW!!! Imagine going to GIP Mall for so many days!!!!!! After crossing the bridge we were on the western side of Buddhi Gandaki.But we were not the only on, crossing this bridge.

The west part is the older part of Arughat, and at the end there was the first Nepali staircase. No wonder that the road did not continue here.

The valley in the beginning still large, but as every house we passed it was getting more and more narrow.

A Tipical litte village on the way with the “chauthara” . There porters can deposit their load for a little break or people can sit in the shadow of the big pipal and banyan tree to have a little chat.

Many of the houses were decorated with little pictures.

Sometimes we passed bigger villages which were nearly shopping malls!!!! One could buy clothes , musik and all household goods. So people can spare a half day walking to Arughat on their shopping tour.

There were many small tributaries we needed to cross so we rolled up our pants and put our luggage over our heads and crossed the water..its fun, since we were sweating a lot, so going through the water was not bad. Wish we could swim
As soon as we were on the river, children came down to look how we are doing.

In the afternoon we arrived at the first very long suspension bridge. Armala

The little village of Armala is build on top of a huge rock wall, surely higher than 100 m. So it is pretty dangerous to go out in the night

There are lodges for travelers. At the first glance, the lodge was just a normal private house with no sign at all. But they use to feed travellers and in the first floor they had a room with a few beds in it. The kitchen is situated in the little annex. 
We continued our trek to Khursanibari….we reached this little settlement at 2pm today. Was sweating like hell and acyually felt like taking a bath!!!!!Which I did!!!!:))
Had some good lunch …ofcourse dal bath…good for the stomach and healthy too….today I am pretty clean and well shaved. Wonder when will I get water next!!!After having a tasty daal bhat we started to joke and sing some songs along with the locals. The didi asked us, if we would like to hear some local music, the village woman group would like to come sing in the evening expecting a little donation. Sure that we agreed on the spot!!!
I will try my FB account again today…we will move to Macha Khola (1300m – 4265ft) tomorrow morning. Love breathing this air............the virgin beauty…..wondering how it will be to see the first glimps of Mt. Manaslu….and then what challenge it will throw…Will I be 3rd time lucky??!! I need all the blessings…. Bye for now….love u all…