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Mountains behind Landruk
Photo 1 is looking beyond Landruk to those majestic mountains, probably the Fishtail, but possibly not. We went separate ways to Mani & Arek who were heading for the Annapurna Base Camp, while we headed for Poon Hill via Ghandruk. Mani's parting words were to strongly suggest we tailed a group because from Ghandruk to Tadapani was known as an area that attracted random theft attempts on the lone tourist. Being girls, he was concerned. He pointed us in our direction - down hill, which will be shown in photo 2. At the end of the descent was a bridge across a raging stream (not a river by our standards). Those 'steps' were steep. With short stumpy legs, each step was too big for one step so strong leg led the way, met by weaker leg.
Going down...
Each step was 2. That makes a lot of steps. I had to rest more going down than coming up from Phedi. We were quickly passed by the American missionary lady & her 84 year old companion & their guide.
The entire mountain was cultivated & planted with maize & rice & probably other crops but I didn't notice. We didn't see too many animals grazing. We did see lots of steps & rocks, and we drank gallons of water. I haven't mentioned the toilets yet, have I? Hmmm, should I go there?
They smell. Daughter explained the technique. You squat, you rinse off with the container of water in the bucket beside the squat, you pat dry with your own toilet paper & you dispense of this 'clean' paper in the receptacle provided. You do not put the paper down the hole because that stuffs up whatever process is in place. Hmmm. I regret that people like me can't do that. How can you pour water in that area without drenching your trousers? You can't take them off because the floor is soaking wet & there's nowhere to put them. The result is that the receptacles fill with smelly toilet paper that make the rooms absolutely pong & that makes you tense up & unable to release the body waste that you went into the toilet to dispose of. People like me should not go to Nepal without my own toilet on my back.
We arrived at Kyumi at around 10am, totally stuffed & decided to stay the day. We slept for hours.
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Mountains behind Landruk
Mountains behind Landruk
Going down...
Going down...
Landruk
photo by: Julie-Sensa