Tatopani Travel Blog› entry 13 of 41 › view all entries
Off trekking in the annapurna mountains for 5 days. The initial itinerary was to fly from Pokhara (700m) to Jomosom (2,700m) hike up to the sacred Muktinath the first day and then spend the remaining 4 days descending down to Beni. Due to bad weather on our first day though, Jomosom airport was closed so we were left with two options: either stay in Pokhara and wait for good weather - which could result in cutting down our trek - or get a car to Beni at 800m and spend the next 4 days hiking up to Muktinath, at 3,780m. We chose the latter.
Destination for day one was Tatopani, which translates in Nepali as hot (tato) water (pani).
After having lunch in Beni (which resulted in a really nauseous stomach) we got on the local bus which wasnt so bad - although our guide, Prem, may have a different opinion! There were not enough seats for all of us so he just climbed to the roof of the bus! After a really bumpy ride up the mountains we reached a point where the bus could go no further. What we needed was a jeep. And luckily enough, a jeep was there! The only problem? How do you fit a full bus of 16-20 people in a jeep. Well, you can, if you make sure that you use the jeep's boot as seating area: and there were 7 of us in the jeep's boot!! Thankfully, only an hour of driving left... until the road finishes.
From there we hiked the last couple of kms and here we are, in Tatopani, enjoying the hot spring!