Day 1 Phedi - Pothana
After a “Trekker’s Breakfast” of 2 eggs, toast, salad with yak’s cheese, porridge with fruit and honey and coffee, we repacked our rucksack (for 5) for the trek. There was a knock on our door and Dal appeared – a new guide. The guide that we were introduced to last night, Tolsee’s nephew was seriously ill in Kathmandu and was not expected to last for the duration of our trek, so he was going to the hospital to visit him today, and would not be coming with us.
Dal, like the lentil stuff that would fuel us up the mountains, had an off-beat crazy laugh that took us by surprise. After getting out buckets of cash in Pokhara – there are no ATMs in the mountains - cookies and 7 mars bars for our celebration at ABC (us, Dal and the porter) 6 of us crammed into a fiesta-type car and headed for Phedi; the start of our trek. We took “before” photos with Dal, and our porter, Ram, in his red Rooney shirt. At the bottom of the steps there was a boy playing with a red heart-shaped balloon.
|The before shot with Dal, our guide in front,and Ram in the Rooney shirt, our porter.|
|After about 20 minutes you see the valley.|
We then went up our first chunky stone steps. And they kept on coming; all the way up, 2 hours later, to our lunch stop at Damphus at 1650m. Sweat dripped into the pop-up flash void on top of my camera. Raz had giant baubles of sweat cascading down his face,dripping off the tip of his nose and stinging his eyes as it melted the sunscreen.