Annapurna Circuit - Day 3 (Bahundanda - Chamje)
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As I write this it's 5:30 PM on March 26 and it's pissing rain accompanied once again by lightning, thunder, hail, and wind. It's been a crazy day today. The morning started early around 4 AM as a storm blew through Bahundanda and woke up basically the entire lodge. Ciaran and I watched the storm roll in through the window as it got closer and closer. Chatted through the thin wooden wall with Patrick and Roman next door and laughed crazily when one clap of thunder shook the entire lodge as we were trying to sleep. Storm passed and managed to get a bit more shut-eye before finally waking up for breakfast and packing up the gear to head out for the day. It was chilly at the start (but dry) then warmed quickly as the sun came out for a period of time.
One would have thought that today would be a relatively easy day trekking as we were only going from Bahundanda at 1310m (4300ft) to Chamje at 1430m (4690 ft). But Bahundanda was on a ridge top and so we first had to descend back towards the Marsyangdi Khola (down to 1100m (3610 ft)) and then continue north along the river valley climbing as we went.
Weather was off and on - occasional sprinkles and then hot sun. We stopped at Jagat for lunch and started to hear the clap of thunder throughout the valley. We tried to get through lunch quickly but we are operating on Nepali time where nothing happens very fast. Finally left to start the final leg to Chamje and the rain began to fall in earnest. The last hour plus was all in rain and the temperature dropped drastically. We also were pelted with more hail as we tried to walk quickly to the town. Finally arrived soggy and cold at the lodge. The rain continued to fall and continues still as this is being written. Can only wonder what this means for the higher elevations to come?
Bahundanda -> Chamje - 6:16 Start to Finish (4:15 Trekking Time)