Tuesday, March 17, 2009

19 days of trekking done.

We have finally arrived in Pokhara this morning after an incredible trip. Both are healthy and well, with little leg and back pain and even some money to spare.

After Jomson we walked down to the hot spings in Tatopani in just 2 days. The first day through a sandstorm, the next in the smoke from the fires on the mountains. Since visibility was zero on 1 km distance due to smoke we thought it a good idea to climb over Ghorepani to get the last views of Annapurna range etc., especially the 8000+ m. Annapurna I which we hadn't seen yet. But what a dissapointment. After going up 1800 in two days the haze was not receding one bit and we still haven't seen the highest peak in this range. We went straight down on the other side without even bothering to visit Pun/Poon Hill. The last night was spent in Birethanti, which was lovely full of flowers and lush green bamboos and palm trees by the river stream.

We're in Pokhara, in guest house "Fire on the mountain" -- not because we need to be reminded of the last dissapointing days, but because a trekking aquaintance, and now friend, Wolfgang, recommended it -- trying to catch up with things, the world, find out where Hennie is and plan the next escapade.

Still not sure when I will be able to upload photos, since Jakob's computer is in Kathmandu.
Pheri Betaula / See you again!

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