26 October, 2013- Trek to Deurali

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Deurali

Deurali

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26 October, 2013 - Trek to Deurali

We made it to Deurali and we’re ready for more! Our hike today started with a steady incline for the first third of the way and the rest was a higher incline – we ascended about 3,000 feet and are now above 10,000 ft. We were lucky to have shade for the first half of the hike – we went through tree-covered “jungle” area which followed the river up. While we did have some stone stairs today, we had lots of natural steps/trail which was a nice break from the norm. We stopped for tea in a village called Himalaya, and got to see some Himalayan Thar high up on the mountainside (Thar are similar to mountain goats). On our trek today we saw Nepali people weaving baskets using bamboo – the bamboo is plentiful in this region. We crossed many streams today and the river is raging full of water – lots of waterfalls along the way. The second half of our hike was more exposed to the sun and a bit warmer. Today was the first day we all started hiking with long sleeves – instead of our normal short sleeves and short pants. Once we arrived (at about 1pm), the clouds were starting to roll in to the valley and we had a nice cup of hot tea. We’re in a very tight valley (similar to Yosemite) so we’re not able to see the mountain peaks beyond the rocky slopes surrounding us. We’re lucky to have beds at this village – since we’ve arrived many others have come and realized that there’s no room for them to stay. Tonight there will be people sleeping at our tea house in the dining room on benches, on the floor, and outside in tents. With this valley encompassed in clouds, it’s going to be a chilly night. Tomorrow, Annapurna Base Camp.

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Mount Fishtail

Mount Fishtail

 

Annapurna South and Fistail

Waterfall

 

Eric crossing the wooden bridge

Eric crossing the wooden bridge

 

Having Lunch

Honey