November 12, 2006 - The clouds return as we make our way down...

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We get ourselves out of bed at 6:30 AM so that we can see the rising sun shine on the Annapurna range. Sure enough, by 7:00 AM, the clouds have parted over the mountains and the Annapurna peak and Machhapuchre (fish tail) peak are lit up by the morning sun. We sit on the roof of our hotel on the top of Sarangkot, eating our breakfast and feasting on the views.

The clouds return as we make our way down to a waiting taxi to go to the trail head in Nayapul. During the almost 2 hour drive, we have a chance to see the busy morning scene outside Pokhara, with children heading to school and public buses crowded with people.

Our trek, which will reach Ghorepani and Poon Hill in three days, has already offered a startling contrast to our treks in the Everest region. The air is warm and damp and the vegetation lush. Instead of Zopkoyos and yaks, we see and smell donkeys and ponies (we both prefer the yaks). Crops of rice, millet and corn are being harvested, and the fields are the color of gold and light green. Our trek today is mostly uphill and within 4 hours we reach Tikhedhunga, our destination for the evening. This village experienced a devastating landslide during monsoon season, with 30 villagers lost as their homes were destroyed while they slept. The village is recovering slowly, and electricity hasn’t returned yet. But, the typical
resourcefulness and nobility of the Nepali people that we’ve experienced throughout our journey shows through here, generators turn on lights during dinner. We enjoy a lovely evening, meeting trekkers from Canada, Australia, Iran, and China