October 23, 2015 - Trek to Dharapani

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Team near by Taal Village
Team near by Taal Village
October 23, 2015 - Trek to Dharapani

Our day started again with the 6:30 tea delivery to our rooms, I think we could get too used to this wake up call.  After breakfast it was off at 7:30 with the sun beginning to make its way into the deep valley.  After a half hour on the road we crossed the river on one of the typical suspension bridges and then hiked till after dinner on the original trail that was a great change from the road.  Many steps, waterfalls, scenic viewpoints and the sound of the river roaring below always present.  We saw wild bees with their huge honeycomb hanging down from the rock faces; monkeys frolicking, eagles soaring, large izzards scurrying, horses charging and sheep and goats grazing.  Lunch was enjoyed in the town of Tal, just after a steep climb and onto a widening in the river where a large flood plain reminded us of the upper North Saskatchewan River.  Along the way Mark enjoyed having a sling shot shooting contest with some children and he made many friends as he handed out candies he had purchased the night before.  While stopped at one rest point, a lady spread out several buckets of millet to dry in the sun which a chicken immediately began to make her lunch.  Around 4:00 PM we arrived wearily in the town of Dharapani where we had to check in at the tourist checkpoint, then after some deliberation about the Three Sisters guest house where we had planned to stay, we descended some steep steps to Heaven (run by one of the former Three Sisters) which is truly a paradise with many lovely marigolds and great river views.  We are pleased to report that heaven has en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets. As we are in a deep valley, t begins to cool down and darken before 5:00 PM and gets completely dark around 6:00 PM. Another supper of too much food to eat and we wearily, but very contentedly headed to our rooms.  

before starting trek from Jagat
Before starting trek from Jagat
 
Honey bee at Jagat
Honey bee at Jagat
 
stoping for take picture together - on the way to Jagat
Sandra infront of waterfall
 
arriving Taal Village for Lunch
 
Camp for today at Dharapani
Camp for today at Dharapani