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Machhapuchhre from Tadapani

Pete and Kamal leave us today and will head down to Ghandruk; we go north to join the valley that leads to MBC and ABC.  The good weather has returned and we take photos outside the guest house before going our separate ways. 

My path drops steeply to a river crossing before a steady climb up to Chhomrong.  As we drop down we come out of the forest into pasture and farmland.  They are growing wheat in the terraces here and the animals are in gated pastures; I remark to Khim that this reminds me of the hills in England and promise to show him pictures when we get back to Pokhara.

Annapurna South & HiunChuli from Tadapani
  The path is quiet and for the first hour or so we do not meet anyone expect a shepherd and his flock of goats.  Near the bridge 2 years ago there was a huge landslide due to the exceptionally heavy monsoon rains that year. Landslides are a constant problem here and a real danger.  2 days ago, on the path up to Ulleri, we passed a memorial to 20 villages killed when a landslide swept away their homes during the night.

We stop for tea and decide to keep going to Chhomrong for lunch.  On the way we meet a Nepali hunting party of 6 men, one with a rifle, heading up to Tadapani.  Khim tells me they are looking for deer which are elusive and highly prized.  We have seen no deer but do catch a glimpse of a Langur, a large grey primate which live in the forest. 

We reach Chhomrong for a late lunch and I have the afternoon to sit and relax in the sun.

Khim, Kamal and Pete as we go separate ways
  By the guest house is a Rhododendron tree just coming into bloom.  Though we have been walking through Rhododendron forest for the last 2 days I have not noticed any flowers as we are only just coming into Spring.

This has been our easiest walking day so far (3 ½ hours and only 300m ascent), but I have found it tiring and my legs are aching after yesterday’s descent.  I take a hot shower and organize my pack as we will leave non-essential things here and collect them on our way back from ABC.

As the day draws on the guest house steadily fills and by 5pm is full; most are Chinese but also some Koreans.  The kitchen is over-worked preparing all the meals but Khim brings me my dinner on time.  In the morning he confesses that he cooked my dinner himself as the kitchen was so busy.  After dinner I teach 2 Chinese girls (Linda and Camilla) to play Rhummy.  The girls are from Shanghai and are on a tight timetable and have only 5 more days to reach ABC and return to Pokhara. 

skippyed says:
That landslide 2 years ago took my friends father out and they had to take him to hospital by helicopter. He recovered but they couldn't finish the trek.
Posted on: Feb 21, 2008
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Machhapuchhre from Tadapani
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