Annapurna Circuit - Day 13 (Kagbeni - Marpha)
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Early walking today was on a mixture of the road and the Kali Gandaki riverbed. It was quite uneventful and the landscape quite unchanging. (still arid and rocky, little in the way of vegetation). We tried to put as much distance under our belts in the morning before the winds picked up later in the afternoon. Apparently its a pretty common occurence for the winds to blow up out of the source quite heavily through the gorge most afternoons. We also had a planned stop in Jomsom for lunch, so the earlier we could get the earlier we could have lunch. One nice thing about the walk today was that at least it was flat. Our descent into Marpha was only 130m (425 ft), so my legs were enjoying the respite.
In Jomsom we ordered lunch and then wondered through town for a little bit. Jomsom has the major airport in the region and we saw a few flights landing and taking off in the late morning (again before the winds kicked in). I even found an internet connection in town and sent a quick e-mail home (very, very slow though). Besides these there was a Nepali Army warfare center, a museum, and several other government offices in the town.
After lunch we continued on down through the valley and as predicted the wind did pick up. Which meant that we had dust blowing all over - principally in our faces. Most everyone tried to use some type of buff or bandana to cover there faces and we also practiced the art of synchronized dust dancing - everyone pirouetting at once as the wind picked up and kicked massive amounts of dust into the air.
Scenery was still unchanging and made the walk a bit boring especially now that we are nearly two weeks in. Marpha was a beautiful village (with a strict council that enforces some pretty strict cleanliness edicts in the village). Lodge was nice again, the last two nights we've had western toilets (no more squats), greater food selection, and the evidence that the road has had on the service level is evident. We also have had the chance to sample some of the local brandy this evening so there were some quite "happy" people playing cards tonight. Mainly playing by lantern light as the power has once again gone out, a common occurrence that we have had throughout Nepal.