Half way around the Annapurnas
Blisters and Bliss
A trekking in Nepal is never complete without a local busride to the trailhead…………………………..
The American girl, 20 something with curly hair.
Asking if she is on the wrong bus, her ticket clearly states that she should be on a tour bus not this tatty good for nothing piece of junk, silence, she gets the seat where the seat in front is broken and reclined all the time………
The Finnish man, two meter tall and with a bad hangover.
To his Nepali Guide: This is the second time I have an iron bar up my ass, I want to get off this f*** bus now, there is no place for me, I want to take a taxi…………
2nd bus ride- Foreigners pay double price, we ask why. Try to bargain with no luck, get taken for Israeli and add to their bad reputation for bargaining………..
The Annapurna circuit trek was once a whole trek where you actually had to walk form village to village, now the gravel road around Annapurna is soon completed and big parts can be done in jeep or bus.
Thorung Phedi is at the foot of the 5400m Thorung La, here you find the mountain maffia who nourish on tired and confused trekkers. You have two places to choose from and if you arrive late during the high season you might just have to sleep on the floor.
Four years ago we managed to cross the Thorung La during a snow storm and we crossed without seeing anything. This time things were different.
In total there were about 150 people crossing the pass on the same day as us, not really the feeling of being alone in the mountains…..
Long days on the trail
Smelly feet and armpits
Dal bhat, always
Butter tea ( Not my favorite but when you get offered there is no way you will get away before you finished the whole contents of the thermos)
Evening fire made of yak dung and clothes penetrated by this smell
Early evenings and early mornings
Not caring to look yourself in the mirror even if there was one around
Time for slaughter and folding of religious shawls, the contradictions of religion