Trekking Day 15, 15km(18?) to Birethanti 1025m
Trip Start Oct 04, 2012
22Trip End Oct 25, 2012
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The trek to Birenthanti is a long one, and we will drop a further 700m in altitude, over at least 15km. we leave Jhinudanda and drop down a steep well built track into the gorge, down a few 100 m to a swing bridge and then up almost the same to the path to New Bridge. Sticking to the West bank, we wind our way along and down the Modi Khola, the river building strongly below us as its fed with tributaries. we can still glimpse the peaks, with Annapurna South and Hiun Chuli still towering above the 3000m "foothills" behind us
We stop for tea as usual, at .... and then its a long walk and last (?)steep descent to our lunch spot at Syauli Bazaar, by which time all of us are somewhat tired!! The scenery has changed somwhat on the last stretch, lower altitudes mean more villages, lots of small lodges, more trek traffic, and plenty water buffalo, chickens and scenes of farm life. Pass some smelly, dung filled buffalo "barns", pleased we werent in the teahouses next door!!
After our now typical lunch, we feel revived and set off close to the river banks and follow the winding "road" - yes buses and trucks use this somewhat bumpy track!! We are now passsing village and tea lodge much closer together - don't really envy the trekkers heading up - their next stop will be 4 hours and 700m higher!! At last we reach Birenthanti, a busy confluence of river, trekkers and "civilization" where we are required to "sign out" of the Annapurna Sanctuary. a huge bridge across the Modi Khola leads into the village and we head through it for the "road head". a maelstrom of taxis, cars, mini-buses and regular buses awaits.
Our support crew are happy, they can dump their loads, as we do ours and grab cokes and sit down awaiting our ride home!! Trek is over, how sad!! the motley crew of people aroudn is a feast for the eyes, fresh faced "new trekkers" arrive, bunch of school boys have no idea what awaits, dirt covered sweaty trekkers (us) depart, shop keepers do a busy traid as do touts for rides "home" to Pokhara, whilst their is a busy trade in goats going to Pokhara for Daishin, the Nepalese festival tonight and tomorrow.
Bus arrives and we climb aboard, say our goodbyes to Sudeep our sherpa and 2 porters who start the whole trek again later today - they're off to upper Mustang immediately - we are all sad to see them go!!!
The bus trip back is about 1 1/2, and another adventure of scary roads, hairy S bends, and everywhere the frenzied traffic and preparations for Daishin!!! Very glad we are not walking back (its up and over a 400m pass) and about 50km's to Pokhara. Home to our overnight stop, large rooms, clean sheets, western toilets and hot showers - pure luxury!!!
the Trek is over!! I wil briefly post the last 2 days later with som pics of Pokhara and Kathmandu.