Alive and Doing Fine
Trip Start Apr 28, 2010
7Trip End Jun 19, 2010
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Where I stayed
Kalopani Guest House
It's been about a week and ...wow! What a week. Internet is way too expensive here for detail so I'll give you the highlights!
Crossing the Pass
Despite my reaction to Diamox, I trudged on after a pleasant rest in Manang. Met up with a great Canadian couple and their porter and guide and we all headed for the pass playing nightly animated rounds of Gin Rummy ...Fun! Climbing to the Pass itself was daunting ...my legs felt like stone and my lungs wanted to explode from lack of oxygen. Reaching the summit of the pass was quite emotional for me. Feeling so utterly blessed to be not once but twice! Fond memories swirled back from the last time I was here.
In the Company of Canadians
Out of all the travellers I meet, I must say that for some reason I most enjoy the company of Canadians. Not sure if it's because we have the same cultural background or if it's because Canadians are great. Perhaps a bit of both. I noticed this on my last trip as well. The Nepalis seem to like us a little more than the other nationalities as well!
On My Own ...YES!
Brett and Kori were on a bit of a fast track so I parted company with them at Jomsom. I contemplated flying back to Pokhara since from Jomsom down it was all road (back in 2000, this part was all trail ...no vehicles whatsoever) I'm glad I decided not to do this. Heading on down the trail on my own has been the highlight of the trip!
Lost and Found
In my efforts to avoid the road, I have gone off the beaten track and 'discovered' some little visited Monasteries and villages. Had a great talk with a Nyngma monk who at 21 is teaching younger monks about buddhism in a 15th century monastery with the most amazing Fresco art depicting Buddhist deities I have seen
Darren's Trekking Playlist
My iPod has become my best friend. I mean, movies use music to create a mood no? Walking along in the middle of nowhere, (sometimes lost!) Flipping on a tune evokes in me a feeling of well being that enhances the already amazing experience. Some tunes have really hit home. In Your Image by 54-40 stopped me dead in my tracks with it's relevance to my life and I experienced a valuable insight. Other songs are just fun and I find myself walk-dancing along, and sometimes singing out of tune at the top of my lungs ...and no, no one is around when I do this! Just hanging out in my own little world! My trekking pole works great as an air guitar!
Walk Eat Sleep
Something very therapeutic about having nothing else to do but walk, eat and sleep
Chilling at Kalopani
I deserve a break! I've been sleeping on hard mattresses in cold guest houses full of bugs and outdoor squat toilets where the left hand rule applies and cold showers. I pulled into Kalopani after a marathon 8.5 hour day (only got lost once though!) and decided to go big. I booked into the luxury room which had the softess mattress and pillow of the whole trip, a sit down toilet and a shower that not only had pressure but HOT water. Luxury!!!!!! I kind of stepped out of my budget on this one. It's costing me $9.00 a night. Oh and did I mention I had roasted chicken? First meat of the trek!
My Favorite Trekking Partner
So far I've trekked with a group, I've trekked with a couple and I've trekked on my own. It occured to me when I was trekking alone, that I really wasn't alone. This came home to me when I read the comments that people left on my travel blog. You have no idea how much this means to me. It makes me feel as though you are here with me. It really bouys my mood. As I'm trekking, and especially on my own, I have been recording my thoughts and feelings via the video function of my little Sony Cybershot
Funny, when I left Calgary, I was engrossed in the Stanley Cup playoffs. I ran into a Canadian - from Caglary who brought me up to date and told me Montreal beat Pittsburgh. WOOHOO!!!! Since then I've lost track and may check after I send this update. It's cool to get little snippets of home while doing something so far out of the ordinary.
It May 27th. My flight from Kathmandu leaves for home on June 19th. A 10 day course on Buddhism starts on June 2nd. I took this same course 10 years ago and it was very influential. I am still in touch with the group I started out with and there will be a big Steak dinner celebration in Pokhara ...soon. Not quite sure what the hell I'm going to do! And I hate that I have all these choices! I may just keep walking until my time here is up
Thanks for reading!!
The photos are not in any particular order and not labelled according to where they were taken. Just some of the shots I liked! I'm technically challenged it seems when it comes to loading and organizing pictures online! I'll work on it!