Day 1 May1
Pokhara 827m. to Tolka 1700m.
Hotel Diplomat is much more comfortable and nicer. The family running it are lovely and can’t do enough to help. Supposed to be ready for departure a 0800. The bus, guide and porters all arrived on time but Chris and Scy were nowhere near ready. A promise of things to come. Our bus delivered us to the trail head at Kande. The road is interesting as it runs through the rocky river bed for the dry season while a new road is being constructed.
At Kande we were instantly accosted by Tibetan Refugees selling Talisman’s in turquoise, tiger eye and a dark red stone set in tin. Lea bought a good luck charm for the journey.
Our path was charming from the outset. Dry stone walls covered in moss, crazy paving and rough cut slate led us through Rhododendron covered slopes.
Prayer flags adorned every high point
The first of many suspension bridges.
The Nepali really are masters of the dry stone wall.
At our guest house that night this old goat had a room with a view.
Nice views out towards Annapurna South and Hiunchuli when the clouds cleared.
Our first Guesthouse was quite comfortable and the food good. In bed by 2000.
Tolka 1700m. to New Bridge 1340m.
The usual discussion about Chris and Scy’s tardiness and a late start. However, we had fabulous views as we filtered water to fill our water bottles.
The squeeze bag water filter we bought with works well. Not far to go today so enjoyed the views and the flowers.
Morning tea at Landruk. Lovely views of terraced corn fields, traditional homes and quaint guest houses.
Our Guide, Nima
Give way to goats.
Some of the bridges not quite up to scratch.
Arrived at New Bridge at lunch time so there was much discussion about moving on further. However, Nima had booked the guesthouse so we enjoyed a lazy afternoon.
The clouds closed in and blocked our views of the mountains but it was still pleasantly warm
Our first mule train wandered through.
Lea and I decided to get up early next morning and head up to the hot springs for a bath before re joining the others a bit later. Dinner by candle light as the power went out.