Today was our last official hiking day! It seems hard to believe that we finished ten days of some very difficult, spectacular trails. Today proved to be just as wonderful. We started out very early and went to the Muktinath Temple which is located on the north side of town. The most memorable moment at this temple was watching the people purify their bodies by sprinkling drops of water over their heads from 108 taps on a semi circular wall. We watched a Monk play her cymbals and drums while chanting out her prayers in a nearby shrine which contained the Eternal flame . Then we began our hike through the most beautiful countryside. We saw well organized apple and apricot orchards. Karma bought us some apples to sample and Mark bought us some dried apples to taste. Both types were exceptionally tasty.
Our lunch stop was located in an oasis type setting called Kajbeni. The food was flavoured Tibetan style. I ordered Tibetan tea which is made from butter and nak milk. It tasted very salty. After our lunch, we began our walk across over the windy flood plains of Kajbeni and almost lost our hats. It was here that we realized that we had returned to the hussle and bussle of city life with all of the motorcycles and jeeps.
We had a farewell supper with all of our new friends from Peak Promotion and tentatively started planning our next trek!!!!!!