24 October, 2013- Trek to Chhomrong

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sunrise view from our hotel room

sunrise view from our hotel room

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24 October, 2013 - Trek to Chhomrong

We decided to rename the trail “The Ultimate Stairmaster.” In Nepal there is no flat – only up or down, and every once in a great while slightly up or down. When we woke this morning we had an amazing view of Annapurna South and Machapuhhre from our doorsteps. Today was our “easy” day – we began by descending down the trail about 1,200 feet and then climbed right back up 1,300 feet to Tadapani (about 40 mins to get there). In Tadapani we were able to clearly see Annapurna South, Annapurna One, Three & Four, Huinchuli, and Machapuhhre. We were very lucky to have clear weather to view all of these amazing mountains we’re surrounded by. We took many photos of the truly stunning views. For the first half of our trail today, we walked through a very lush, green “jungle” – we were grateful for the shade the trees provided and monkeys swung in the trees above us! Through the jungle we descended another 2,400 feet down to a river, crossed a long suspension bridge, a little later crossed an old wooden suspension bridge across a small canyon, and then once again climbed roughly 1,100 feet to our lunch spot. At this point in time we’d lost the shade of the jungle and were exposed to the hot, HOT sun (78 degrees F according to one of our watches), our clothes were soaked with sweat and the sweat was dripping. After lunch in the shade, we continued climbing another 800 feet, descended 600 feet, and climbed another 200 feet. After all of that, we started our day at 8,300 feet and ended in Chhomrong at 7,100 feet. Very glad to be at our destination our Sherpa, Ngawang Thule, ran ahead on the trail to book our accommodations and booked us in great rooms – with real sit-down “western” toilets and showers en suite, a real treat. Today we had our first showers of the trek, and they were well-needed. All-in-all we trekked for about 6 hours - not so “easy” after all.

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Fishtail Range

Fishtail Range

 

Annapurna South and Fistail

Annapurna South and Fistail

 

Langur Monkey

Langur Monkey

 

Having Lunch

Having Lunch

 

Arriving Chhomrong

Arriving Chhomrong

 

Tourist try to use plow

 

Eric pointing way to Chhomrong board

Eric pointing way to Chhomrong board