29 October, 2013- Trek to Landruk

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at Annapurna Base Camp

29 October, 2013 - Trek to Landruk

Today, we arrived in Landruk – only two more days of trekking until we’re back in Pokhara and then Kathmandu. Even though we’re descending, we’re still on “The Ultimate Stairmaster” trail and today reminded us of that. Immediately after leaving Sinuwa we began descending, and then ultimately went down 2,300 feet of stone steps, as per the usual just to cross the river and go right back up 2,000 feet of stone stairs up to Chhomrong. After a short break there we continued on and kept going down. The lower we got the hotter it got. There were several clouds in the sky today but we didn’t get any rain on our trail, but with the clouds in the sky the humidity was locked-in (i.e. it was a really sweaty day). We stopped for a nice lunch in Himalpani and carried on down to the river at another crossing. Today we crossed several bridges that were the scariest bridges I’ve ever crossed in Nepal (for those of you that have done the EBC trek, you know that means it was serious).

The first was a makeshift wooden bridge with no guardrails that was just a few feet above the raging river – one slip and you would quickly disappear. The other was a ways down the trail where we crossed the river at another point – a rickety wooden suspension bridge with very questionable side guardrails – huge gaping holes made out of wire (large enough to put your arm/leg through); at one point the height of the side fencing got lower which may be okay for a Nepali person, but for those of us who are a little taller might’ve gotten tossed over the side into the river if the bridge got a little too bouncy. Very memorable. Today we got our another crystal clear view of Annapurna South and Machapuchhre (Fish Tail) and it’s difficult to turn away. As we get lower in elevation the landscape is very lush and green – so much growing plentifully. At the end of the day we increased about 800 feet for our destination of the night – 5,300 feet. The last hour of humidity nearly took Eric down, but we all made it – slowly, slowly. This trekking in hot/humid has definitely been a challenge. Today we took our second showers of the trek (yes, we STINK) – or sort of showers. Because it was cloudy today the solar heater didn’t heat the shower water so our amazing Sherpa’s brought us each a 5 gallon bucket of hot water to use in our shower area - amazing. That bucket of hot water might as well have been full of gold; it was so nice to wash with hot water, even if in an unconventional way. Now we are all clean – but probably for just tonight until we begin trekking tomorrow.

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Hiking Down to Jinu Danda

Hiking down to Jinu Danda

 

crossing the bridge

crossing the bridge

 

Waterfall

Waterfall