This is just a starter, what would it be for a main course?
Langtang Moutain Travel Blog› entry 5 of 13 › view all entries
We woke up very early, at 5.30am. Ratna, our trekking guide, picked up us at 6.30am to the bus station. The woman at travel agency told us it was the private bus but when we're there, found out she was cheating us! It was the local bus! ...
And no empty seat! I looked at my guide. Where do we sit? He went to no.3 and 4 and told two people who alreay sat there to move because those are our seats and they don't have any tickets! As i estimated, thought this bus can contain only 25 people but now was about 40 people inside and other 20 people on the roof!!! And not only 10 minutes to the Syabru Bensi, the place to start to trek, but we had to sit like that for 7 hours!!! Wow!
Ok, had no choice.
We can take only a half day's drive north of Kathmandu. Beyond the ring road to Balaju. The road climbs quickly out of the valley past the Nagarjun Royal Forest, soon leaving the city far below. It should be like that. But this local bus doesn't go directly to Syabru Bensi but it stopped every bus stop and everywhere that people waited for it. Even it's f**king full of people in the bus but the driver stopped to pick up more!
The way to go is not a highway, it's in the moutain. The road zigzags steeply backwards and forwards up the moutainside through small villages and terraced farmlands. The car/bus can pass through only one at a time. I thought to myself, what if we fell down??? How should I do? Talked to Ale later, he said he thought the same because it's really unsafe.
First stop at Ranipowa city to have lunch. Waited for Nepali who quickly got out of the bus to the local restaurant, so we were almost the last people to go to have lunch. The first restaurant was quickly full. Ratna took us to another one where no one comes. Our brunch was Dhalbat. Dhabat is another main course in Nepal. Rice with curry and vegetable. But they prepare different in each restaurant . Some cook the curry like masman curry in Thailand but some cook like vegetable clear soup. The food was tasteless .. but the owners were really nice.
Can't explain how i felt on that day. It was just a starter of trekking so how would the main course be????
Three hours later the bus stopped again, not to eat but can't drive more. The road was broken by the hard rain since last few months and no one fixes it yet. We all had to carry our stuff and walk in the moutain for 1km to another waiting point. Walked up, imagine, with the backpack. We started trekking here?? :(
At the waiting point, we met another group who came with the private bus.
One hour later the other bus came. We got in and sat then a group of Japanese came in, one man told me he got the ticket which it was my seat. He tried to sit which i already sat. I told him that i got the ticket too and we changed the bus to here. He didn't listen to me, kept saying "i got the ticket, it's my seat". Hey, I heard!!! That made me upset so it was the second time that i shouted "I don't know what you mean but we sit here because we had the tickets same you. Are you sure you got the right bus? Or it's just a trick? Ok, let's check.
Long way to go. Driving along to Langtang National Park headquaters, where you can stretch your legs at the check-post before Dhunche city. We have to pay here, just only me and Ale because the others in this bus are Nepalis. As i remember was 1,000 rupees each to go to Langtang. We got back again in the bus. Three hours later we arrived. Finally.
Here, the district admisnistrative headquaters it is now developing as a busy little town with shops, banks and offices.
Was a hard day today, don't wanna think about trekking tomorrow, would it be more beautiful than today????
I wasn't sure.