Anita at the Manasulu Hotel cooked us a hearty hot porridge and muesli mix which left us feeling fueled and satisfied. As we parted she gave me the best hug when we set off and greeted me by calling me “ my sister “. What a wonderful soul!
Today’s hike took us through Bagorchap, Danaqu, Latamarang, Thanchowk, Koto and into Chyame located at an altitude of 2710 meters/8800 ft. Our journey was the ultimate stairmaster on steroids and of course the further we climbed, the cooler the temperature became. Right now it’s 1degree C/ 33.8 degrees F.
Earlier today we passed by apple trees covered in pretty pink blossoms and the hillsides were dotted in red and pink flowering Rhododendrons. We even watched two young men cutting a bunch of the bright red flowers with such a look of happiness on their faces.
At this point I’d like to mention how peaceful the Nepalese people in the Himalayas are. Warmth, interest and friendliness abounds and even the animals look serene, peaceful and happy. The dogs here roam free and have serene expressions and calm demeanors. I watched a cow herder tenderly talking to his cows and stroking them in reassurance. I have not seen a single dog being cruelly kept on a short chain and this fills me with happiness.
Our rewards today for stepping out of our comfort zones were absolutely incredible views of giant, snow capped mountains and even higher peaks beyond them.
Leaving Dharapani, and again after leaving Koto we had to present our permits at check points. The tourist police keep a very good log of all the trekkers which is reassuring.
The prayer wheels at Dharapani were impressive but when we reached Chyame we were completely amazed at the size of their prayer wheel wall.
Chyame has been described as a bustling town, with many stores and a medical clinic. We bought Dreadknot some medicine for his cold here and hope it kicks in soon!
Tonight’s tea house is called “Moon Love” and is by far the most luxurious teahouse we’ve stayed in yet. We have a largish room with an ensuite bathroom and a flush toilet!
The average cost for accommodation and food ( dinner and breakfast) for two people has been $25 per night.
It has begun pouring with rain and I have every layer of clothing in my pack on. According to other trekkers it is snowing heavily in Manang where we are headed... we hope for the best. Tomorrow we will start taking altitude sickness tablets prophylactically.
Thankfully we will be warm, dry and comfortable tonight in our down sleeping bags at Moon Love.