Slip Sliding Away
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We start for Poon Hill at Khim leading and me following with a torch. Kamal has mislaid his head torch and stays with Pete who looks sick and quickly falls behind. Khim and I overtake a couple of other groups and reach the summit by . At the top there are women selling hot drinks which are welcome in the pre-dawn cold.
Poon Hill is at 3200m and is named after the caste in this area. From here we can see Machhapuchhre as well as
We rush back to Ghorepani for breakfast and are on the move again by . This is meant to be an easy day, but we must first climb Gurung Hill, also 3200m, before working our way slowly down to the guest house at Tatapani. The path is on the north side of the ridge and is treacherous with ice, making the going slow.
At lunch the 3 charity workers from the guest house at Ghorepani catch up with us. Though we are stopping at Tadapani, they are heading for Ghandruk 3 hours further on which will be another 9 hour day for them.
After lunch we reach the head of the gorge we saw on the 1st day and have a view back down to Ulleri in the far distance. From here there is a steep descent to the river and a short climb up to Tadapani which we reach by .
Tadapani lies at 2600m at the top of the pass and commands great views down to the Modi Khola valley that leads up to ABC.
One of the girls from the guest house has a new mobile phone but is unsure of how to use it, so Kamal offers to walk with her to where there is mobile reception (a hill 30 minutes away) and show her how to use the phone.
For dinner I try the local Tibetan bread with my soup. It is crispy and I surprise Kamal by dipping it in my soup. After dinner Pete and I play cards. He looks much better now, perhaps it was the altitude or maybe the water that was making him ill. When the under-table heating loses its warmth we opt to retire and are not kept awake by the Canadians next door watching movies on their laptop.