Tadapani Travel Blog› entry 12 of 16 › view all entries
We had intended to spend some time in Ghandruk but as Tej carried the bulk of our gear up that horrendous hill, we had more energy to continue on our trail & aimed for Tadapani for the night.
It rained. My 'waterproof' backpack was not. My 'waterproof' raincoat was not. The 'holy' umbrellas protected Tej & Kristy. I forgot to mention that at Tolka I bought a couple of bamboo sticks to support my dicky knee on all those steps. Up to that point, my 'holy' umbrella had been good till I put more weight on it than I should have, resulting in a very bent handle & no support. The umbrella did not cover the backpack enough to protect the stuff inside. The inner plastic lining held the water & washed our sleeping bags, but failed to spin them dry. Tadapani is quite high - 2630m ASL according to my map - and freezing at night. Our hotel was 'lined' with tin walls that enabled us to hear our neighbours whispering & the other neighbour snoring all night. The ceiling showed signs of leaking onto our heads during rain. Fortunately it didn't rain that night, but the cold crept in. Our -10 deg sleeping bags bought in Pokhara barely provided any comfort at all. The hotel provided quilts, which at home I'd have given to my dogs to sleep on, outside. The pillows were black with mould & very hard, although they did provide a pillow slip. We always used our silk-liners & used the pillows only as a last resort.
The landscape on the way was "jungle" but we'd have called it rainforest. The lower storey vegetation was very similar to far north coast NSW, Australia. I recognised the 'farmer's friends' & ageratum among other weeds. The upper storey was predominantly rhododendron & oak, so the map says. Tadapani is my favourite place in Nepal, as far as scenery & vegetation goes.