25 October, 2013- Trek to Dovan

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sunrise view from our hotel room

Gurung Village

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25 October, 2013 - Trek to Dovan

Well, so much for those showers. We left Chhomrong and immediately descended steeply down about 2,000 feet to the river. Why do you go down to the river in Nepal? That’s right, to go back up the other side. We crossed the river on a new suspension bridge and immediately went up a steep 2,300 feet. Naturally we were in the hot sun and our cleanness from the showers was sweated away. According to our watch at the lunch break, temperature read 73 degrees F. Too hot for hiking! The afternoon was much more pleasant because we were able to walk through a tree-covered area which provided some shade. We’ve finally accepted that every day is going to be full of stone steps up and down mountains – we hate the stairs but love the scenery. The Nepali people have worked very hard on this trail because there are stone steps everywhere – they even are noted on the map! During our walk today we saw more monkeys swinging in trees and beautiful orchids bloomed in their natural environment; we saw Nepali sheep scattered on the hillside eating their way through the greenery; and we saw more amazing views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (“Fish Tail”). Tonight we’re sleeping at a village called “Bamboo” (7,579 feet). It’s exhausting to think how much we’ve gone up and down today, only to end up at around the same elevation we slept at last night. Tomorrow looks to be quite an intense day as we’ll be increasing a net altitude of about 3,000 feet (not including what ups and downs we may run into along the way). We’ll all be in bed early tonight and will hopefully have the energy to update you all tomorrow once we arrive in Deurali (10,499 feet) . It’s pretty crazy to think that in two more days we’ll be at Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 feet) – nearly double the elevation that we’re at today. It’s difficult to convey the experience of being here but for those of you who have trekked in the Khumbu, this is a whole different animal. We are truly enjoying ourselves here, and appreciate the views, the culture, and the experience. Our Sherpa’s and porter’s are wonderful and we’re very lucky to have them with us. The hard work is worth it!!

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Fishtail Range

Mountain view from Chhomrong

 

Having breakfast at Chhomrong

Having breakfast at Chhomrong

 

Trekkers on the way to Annapurna Base Camp

Trekkers on the way to Annapurna Base Camp

 

Having Lunch

Mount Fishtail