Day 2: Pothana – Landruk
I woke at 6am and sneaked out of the room to catch my first glimpse of Machapulchre (Fishtail), which on Day 2 we could just about be forgiven for still calling “Machu Picchu”. Magi woke up as the sun broke into the room and lit up her face. In the morning there were loads of propeller flights going to the Mustang region.
A caramel-coloured mountain dog, a kind of cross between a Golden Retriever and a shorter squatter Golden Retriever, walked to heel with Magi for an hour or so to next village.
Dal told us that this was going to be an easier day. We walked past waterfalls, deep gorges and a stone mill by the Modi Khola river grinding corn, that had been dried out under the roof eaves, for bread. Dal told us that the Ghurkhas are from this Gurung (Budhist) area, but the Sherpa’s come from the Everest region.
We had the same lunch of veg and noddle soup with corn bread and this time some Tibetan cheese bread with Yak’s cheese inside. It’s a shame we won’t get any Yak Donald’s here. In the north of the Annapurna region they do Yak burgers.
We ended the day at early at 2.30 half way up a huge hill at the Hungry Eye in Landruk playing “Poo-head” with Dal and Ram. Ram won his first game ever. I enjoyed the solar shower.
Sweets of the day: strawberry boiled