One of the tea houses along the way
The flags you see everywhere - White (peace), Green (trees), Yellow (earth), Red (fire), Blue (sky)
What a day. It started off pretty rainy, which meant I had to put on my rain proof gear. But the rain around the Himalayas today is kind of like the boy you dated who was the emotional douche bag – one minute it’s rainy and freezing cold, and the next it’s suddenly warm again. Today my thighs hurt a little, but I was still doing pretty well pace-wise.
We hiked from Bamboo all the way to Deurali, past the 2700m elevation mark. Anything above this altitude presents a higher risk of altitude sickness, so I tried to be careful by not climbing up too fast. But somewhere along the way my left eye’s contact lens stuffed up, so I tried fixing it after washing my hand at a nearby guesthouse. Turned out the water wasn’t clean and my left eye got immediately infected, so I hiked for the rest of the day with just one functioning eyeball. I consider this as a new life achievement.
The view so far has been nothing short of spectacular. You hike past the Himalayan range, and this means passing through hundreds of waterfalls, all so tall that you can’t even see the top, so they look like water pouring out from the skies or from the clouds. It was all so magnificent. It was like a set of a Jurassic Park movie or something. The valleys are deep and lush, the gorges cut by freezing cold water from the snowy mountains. The scenery was all so beautiful that it often made me forget that I was tired or that I was cold and wet and miserable.
Along the way I also managed to talk to a few different people. One of them was a guy who told me a story of how he once got dumped in Santorini (and you can read about my contradictory pleasant experience of Santorini here). I thought that was a pretty sad story. This hike is also fast becoming an emotional experience too. Turns out a lot of people tell a lot of stories when there is no internet at night.
I underestimated: How crappy being wet and cold feels like
I overestimated: How much carbs I can eat. I have been eating tons of carbs. Puke.
Tips: Make sure you are wearing water proof hiking boots. There is nothing more miserable than climbing around with wet shoes and socks.
At main tea houses there are maps so you can track your whereabouts
Waterfalls number 176 I think haha
The beautiful Himalayan valleys