Date: May 1, 2011
Finish: Tatopani. Walked from Muktinath to Jonsom
Distance (Walking): 21 km (5 hours)
Distance (Driving): 45-50 km (5 hours) In Nepal, you can walk almost as fast as you can drive
Elevation (Walking): 2700 m (Jomsom, descent of 1060 m)
Elevation (Sleeping): 1190 m (Tatopani);
After a brief, but helpful, outdoor yoga stretching session we left Jomsom at the late hour of 7:37 AM. It was our latest start during the entire hike. Perhaps it was due to the terrible veggie (the only veg was sliced cabbage) omelet and partially boiled eggs Jesse and I had for breakfast. Nevertheless, we pushed on and the descent from Thorong-La Pass continued. The air was thicker, the pitch was gentler, and the scenery turned from a barren rockiness to grasses, small bushes, and picturesque terraced crops.
|A short, and dusty, morning yoga class|
|Love the green terraced fields|
|But as quickly as the greenery had appeared, it disappeared.|
|And as before, we only had each other (and the other Supertrekkers) for company.|
|We passed a (new!) Hilton. Sadly, we were not staying there.|
|But they did have Fanta! Delicious carbonation.|
|Beeeeeeeeeep, Beeeeeep, Beeeep.|
It was like being in India again, only we were on foot.
|I was jealous of the people in the jeep.|
I must have blocked all memories of Nepali jeep rides.
Not to worry though, I would be reminded in just a few short hours.
|A long road with a heavy load.|
From left to right: Jesse, Kate, Sarah (Actually, Not.)
|It was a long, dusty day|
|As we descended and drew closer to Jomsom, the path flattened, allowing large|
dump trucks to join the mix of motorcycles, jeeps and other obstacles to be avoided.
|And the wind whipped even harder through the flats.|
|It blew so hard it was difficult to walk|
|Ted, however, stood his ground. And let his locks blow in the wind.|
|These rocks do not make for easy walking.|
They are also deadly projectiles.
|Welcome to Jomsom.|
|Final Supertrekker lunch: momos.|
Nepali dumplings that we decided were the best food item available but simultaneously mediocre at their best.
|Kate held them especially near and dear.|
UPDATE: Kate has not eaten a momo, dumpling, gyoza, empanada, samosa or any other pastry wrapped meat since the trek.
|Those of us with time, but less money, we loaded up on the bus.|
Four seats and our people. Things were looking pretty good.
|Delicious dried Marpha apples.|
|The sun touched the peak right as we arrived in Tatopani|
|We watched it disappear into dusk|
|Resting our weary legs in the Tatiopani hot springs.|
Also available at the hot springs - a haircut. Surprisingly, Jesse was not interested.
* Ted will angrily recall how I swapped seats with Shiba and was comfortably sitting in a twoser with a small Nepali man. Not to worry though, I'll get my comeuppance tomorrow.