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Day 8 – Waiting For The Sun

 

Deurali

At first flash of eden, we race down to the sea. Standing there on freedom's shore. Waiting for the sun. Can you feel it now that spring has come. And it's time to live in the scattered sun. Waiting for the sun. Waiting…

…This is the strangest life I've ever known. — The Doors

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

3:20 pm – Ghorepani – Elev. 2,860 meters

Breakfast al fresco in Tadapani

In the morning, the view was foggy. We left Tadapani at 8am. I felt full of energy, while Gela had tape on her blistered feet and an Ace bandage around one knee. She felt and looked quite tired. It reminded me that I made the right decision, however it's still hard to let go of my chance to reach ABC. I guess it's not the end of the world.

Women carrying large stone slabs on their backs

As we walked to Deurali, we passed through gorgeous rhododendron forests with pink and white flowers. The forest felt magical – almost like “Lord of the Rings.” After we descended the valley, we walked up along a stream past some cute goats and dogs.

Rhododendrons and livestock

We ate lunch in Deurali at an elevation of 3,000 meters! And we continued upward to about 3,200 meters at the top of the Deurali Pass (which was basically a forest along a mountain ridge). We stopped at a clearing and could see the lookout tower on Poon Hill on the mountain across from us.

Gela hugs a goat

We walked down to Ghorepani, reaching the “big” village just before it rained. The guest house is one of many, and the hall on the second floor is padded to ease the burden of blisters and walking after long treks. I took a lot of photos again, and will need to either delete some or be more judicious the last two days and nights.

Valley views from Deurali Pass

The corn bread is really good. I bought Gela a small bracelet to help lift her spirits. I'll miss being able to spend time with her. She is always smiling and laughing.

 

Gela and Mohan heading down toward Ghorepani (Poon Hill is above to the left of their heads)

The Evening

We had another nice night at Ghorepani, though we knocked off around 9pm as we had to wake at 4:45am to ascend Poon Hill for sunrise.

Estimated Distance = 6km

Prayer flags atop Deurali Pass

Sneak peak of Dhauligiri at sunset from Ghorepani

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Ames

Saturday 26th of April 2008

If I could come up with a travel machine... I would so time warp to be there trekking along for this. Your adventure is beautiful and something that a lot of people (including myself), only DREAM of!!!! :eek: :lol: :smile:

Dave

Wednesday 30th of April 2008

I never would've seen myself planning a whole vacation (time and money) around trekking, until now. It's an amazing experience!

Ames

Saturday 26th of April 2008

If I could come up with a travel machine... I would so time warp to be there trekking along for this. Your adventure is beautiful and something that a lot of people (including myself), only DREAM of!!!! :eek: :lol: :smile:

Dave

Thursday 1st of May 2008

I never would've seen myself planning a whole vacation (time and money) around trekking, until now. It's an amazing experience!

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