Mr Blue Sky
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Khim meets me at . The previous evening he had come to see me to confirm that another guide who he knows well and one other trekker can join us for the 1st 3 days. This suits me fine and we can share a taxi to the start of the walk instead of catching the bus. The trekker is Pete who lives in Lauceston so we have something in common; the other guide is Kamal who works for a small trekking company in
The drive to the start of the trek takes about 1 hour and follows the Seti river north-west of Pokhara, over the watershed and down to the next valley. After the climb I am slightly disappointed to find we start from a height of only 1000m about the same as Pokhara.
Khim carries my large pack with his inside and I carry just a small day pack with water and my camera.
We walk steadily up the left hand valley from Birethanti, following the river to Tikhedhungga, where we break for 1 hour for lunch. After the last few days of hazy weather today is fine and clear with strong sun. We are warned that after lunch there is a steep climb up to Ulleri where we will spend the night. I check my map and it notes 3240 stone steps, but after one stop for black tea we reach Ulleri at . I calculate that we have walked for 4 hours and have climbed 1000m.
Pete and I share a room which has the luxury of an en-suite bathroom with hot shower, which we are advised to take advantage of early; this is much more civilized that I had expected!
We are less than a day from Pokhara but the contrast is staggering; how much better this feels.
That evening we sit by the heater and eat our dinner and talk to the other guides and guests and I treat myself to a Nepal Ice beer. There are 2 Koreans heading down from
The guest house owner reminds me to lock our room and I recall reading about the Nepali sense of ownership being a little different to what I am used to. The guest house key is on a large wooden key ring in the shape of a fish to stop guest accidentally walking off with the key when they leave.