Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
138Trip End Mar 01, 2010
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The book warns that it's the highest climb of the circuit - I have my GPS running to verify that. The folks are really fit, and they don't have backpacks half as heavy as mine, I guess. In any case they are climbing much faster then myself - I give up and walk my tempo, taking some pictures. The weather is not too nice - it was very cloudy at the valley in the morning. In the mid-day it was a little bit better, but far from perfect picture. I don't really know what are we going to see tomorrow from that vista point at Poon Hill.
The gueshouse the guide selects is at the very top of the village. It also has a perfect laundry drying rack atop of a heating container. So my laundry is 100% now - I'm happy.
Today it's 2 month as I'm traveling. But I have a feeling it goes on much longer, actually. In any case I use this as a motivation to celebrate and order a piece of an apple pie - there are not too many left. Tomorrow will be probably the last day on the trail. It all depends on the weather.
I was thinking more about what should I do in Nepal, before leaving to Darjeeling, and it seems like I don't want to go to Kathmandu. I'll get there the next time I'll be visiting in Nepal, anyways. As for the new boots, I probably can manage some time with the existing ones. Or probably try to find something in Pokhara. So I'll be leaving Pokhara to Kakarbhitta/Panitanki (the border towns, 17 hours dirve - have to find out what about the transit visa to India...) the moment I feel done in Pokhara - some clean-up: shopping, posting, internet. If the weather allows: paragliding, the lakes on the boat or around these on a (moto)bike.
So now I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the weather for tomorrow's sunrise (06:44)