going Kathmandu (p9) - road to Poon Hill ... cont.



road to Poon Hill...
Day 1 - Birethanti to Tikhedhunga

Our 'real' trekking began as we left the village of Birethanti. we started to walk on the wide-gravel trail, which also been used by the 4WD to transport goods and people from Birethanti to the villages there. ascending on such trail was still ok, and more or less was like the 1st part of Nuang trail, to Lolo camp, but wider. other than us, there were few groups also on the way up and some on the way back completing the their trekking. 





the trail
Anyway, one incident that i will not forget ; as i was standing at the cliff-side of the trail, avoiding a herd of mules that descending on the same trail. I never thought the last one would try to crash me, as i thought mules are afraid if people teased them. I managed to push the mule, and stand still, before i saw Durga already close to me and grabbed my hand.

#cuak!!!!


Lesson learnt - never be on the cliff side of the trail, whenever there is a herd of mules, donkeys, pigs, chicken etc. using the same trail - stressed my guide, despite that he was also standing on the cliff side earlier.


#muke dia sentap sebab cuak and nak marah aku. ape kes?


We made a stop, after 2 hours of trekking. 'It is a good time for lunch' Durga proposed. it was early as i thought, considering we had not 'sweat' that much, but we had no objection since Durga gave the impression it'd be a leisure trekking.


Ramghai Restaurant
Durga came with the menu, and said we could choose anything from the list. I opted for the egg n vegetable fried rice, and so does friend.  'It is a good sunny day. How do you feel so far?' Sunil, in his Nepalese accent, opened the conversation while we waiting for our food. We talked and he told us he was still sleepy as just arrived from Kathmandu, early that morning. 


the Egg's &Veggie Fried Rice
while preparing to leave and continue the trekking, Durga came and told us that we got to pay for the Coke that we had for the lunch. ah..apparently, soft drink was not included in the package. and we had to pay 200 rupee per bottle. if only we knew that, we would go with the hot drink i.e. black tea, coffee or chocolate etc.

and the journey continued. the trail was still a 'friendly' ones while we left the restaurant, and the inclination was still bearable. my legs didn't have to work that hard, despite that i already had my walking pole on use.



the journey continues...
this could be either paddy field or millet's field
the trail started to get steeper, after a while and my walking pole really helped to keep my momentum without giving too much strain to my feet.


it's getting steeper
the view along the trail
and finally, we started to see stairs. honestly, as much as 'stairs' trail is better in giving the grip while ascending, i found it was more tiring, as i had to push both legs to 'climb' between each step.

the stairs
After a while, Durga made a quick stopped, and pointing us to the hill next to us. 'There is a death-ceremony at the village'. We saw a group of people making down the trail, and heard the sound of the bells etc. Ah. My tessar limit my visual to 105mm only, and i didn't get the chance for a closer shot.


the village on the hill next to the trail
the gravel trail continues...
We made another stop at one of the hill cafe. A bottle of Fanta cost us 150 rupee. And how i forgot, the price of goods here escalates with the height. 


the hungry lunch - where we stopped for a break
Friend made an incident that almost ruin my day, or the trip. He accidentally spilled the fanta on my new tessar. I was all over the place finding the tissues etc. to save my precious. Luckily, it was not that bad.

#sentap jap. 

We continued our journey after the short break. And the trail was getting steeper. 


Tangga lagi!
after ascending the stairs, we finally saw a village in front of us. i looked at my watch, and it was still early, we just had 3 hours++ of trekking and thought that there'd be another hours.


We are near?
The village that we saw was Hile, and Durga told us there'd be another short trekking before we arrived our destination for the day, Tikhedhunga.

Around Hile
Orang-orang di tengah sawah padi
Around Hile
another half an hour, we finally arrived our destination of the day - Tikhedhunga. 'that was fast!' as i thought. we arrived there around 2pm, and the summary of our trekking more or less as recorded by my phone. the timing and distance, is more actually, as i started to activate my trekking after we left Birethanti. we made the 8km journey in 5 hours (including lunch). :)  i was glad as we arrived early. it gave me plenty of time to wandering around the village, before the dawn. 



tbc.

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