Dec 4, 2013

going Kathmandu (p12) - road to Poon Hill ... cont.

Bathanti - Nangethanti - Ghorepani

We left Bathanti and started to enter the forest-trail. It was a mixed trail of ascending, descending and flat land, hence gave some room for both of my legs to recover from the pain of hiking the stairs of ulleri. Durga said 'it is called rhododhendron forest'. some parts of the forest reminds me Mesilau trail of Kinabalu, and mossy-forest of Brinchang.



Somehow, the jungle/forest trail felt longer, probably because you couldn't see where it'd take you. And the temperature was dropping, a clear sign that we were elevating. The early sign of AMS seemed to catch me, as my heart was pounding hard whenever i had to ascend.  

Durga seemed has the slightest idea on what was going on. He continued on his pace, and sometimes gave a look when noticing i was slowing down. I started to wear my jacket back, as it was freezing despite my body heat. 

Yeap, that was the only way i had to do to 'acclimatise' myself. A quick break would always do. 

one thing that i love about trekking in the wood, other than the less-steep trail and the pleasant (freezing) temperature was the water. i mean, we were trekking next to the stream and it was so calm to listen to the sounds of the stream flowing. and my regret only...i did not manage to pull out my tripod to do the slow shutter thing with my new ND, as i was tired and had to follow the pace of Durga.


one important tips when trekking in annapurna (or probably in himalayas), you'll find the 'safe drinking water station' sign at the tea/guest houses along the trail. this is part of the conservation effort to reduce the usage and disposal of plastic bottle etc. you can refill your water here at a price which ranging from 50 rupee to 200 rupee maximum if i've not mistaken, for a litre.

btw. i'm recommending you to bring the insulated flusk/thermos type so that you can keep the temperature of the water at your like. i only brought my bobble bottle with filter as below, that i'd been using for a while, and at high altitude, i'd rather have a 'normal room-temperature' water instead of cold water. 

#nak minum air sejuuuuk pun x best kalau dh sejuk sgt kat luar.






We then finally arrived Nangethanti and made a stop at Hungry Eye restaurant for lunch. We decided to sit outside, and seeing the sun shine, with the hope to overcome the freezing temperature of the trail.The cafe happened to be a favourite spot for the trekkers to stop, before concluding the journey at Ghorepani.  




Lunch was good. The dhal baat, happened to taste amazing, and because it was warm, helps to boost my appetite, hence my body temperature too.  

We continued our journey. The cafe sign board said, it'd be another 1.5 hours to Ghorepani. Hmm... I'm not sure that was referring to whose pace. Hehe. Anyway, it was getting harder for me. I didn't have any problem with the breathing, it was only my legs - it was hard to pull and hike higher, and my heartbeat was quite fast some times.

But Durga seemed to care less, as he kept walking and watched me from a distance. Whenever we made a stop, he did ask, but i told him that i need to maintain my current pace, instead of his.  He didn't tell us clearly, on the distance left, on what to expect etc. And i started to get more annoyed with him. Eh..



We finally arrived at the gate of Ghorepani. Yes. Out of excitement, we made a stop to take pictures at the gate, while Durga watching us from a distance, and making face like 'aih..budak2 ni dahla lambat!'.As we done with the pictures, Durga just walked without waiting for us or telling us what and where etc. 

Gosh.. 'It is Ghorepani already! Aren't we there yet?' 

Nope. Not much. We were already at the village, but yet finish. Durga made a turn at one of the buildings. Ah apparently, it was a check point where he had to report the arrival. Few trekkers were also waiting outside, while the guides doing the necessaries. 

The we had to walk further, in the village, and finally arrived at our hotel, The Sonny Hotel
It has been a long day for us. a 6 hours hike and trek (including break), was actually a feat. we were fast, as following Durga's pace. despite the pace, and the torture of hiking stairs etc., compared the day before.

Alhamdulillah, both of my feet were still good to walk and wandering around Ghorepani, later in the evening. my only concern was the AMS, with the temperature dropping etc. and i had experienced the symptoms when ascending the hills earlier - fast heartbeat.
and when Durga told us ' there'll be another stairs like going to Ulleri, tomorrow...for the Poon Hill sunrise' , my heart sank ... noooooo...nehiiiiii.........tidaakkkk....

tbc.

4 comments:

  1. Sejuk2 ni sedap la kan nak mendaki. kalau panas tu rasa nak mengamuk je jkekekeke

    Best pulak tengok termos tu

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  2. hehe... kalau 10c tu..okla mendaki. nyaman2. lower than that aku surrender.

    bobble bottle tu...x recommend bawak travel tempat2 sejuk..sbb air pun sejuk (plastic)..but berguna gakla sbb ada filter. aku guna masa naek kinabalu etc.

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  3. cantiklah, agip..trek memang tak ubah macam di Brincang tapi Brincang lagi cantik kot hehehe..

    AMS??wow, nelah part yg paling menakutkan utk setiap pendaki...syukur takde apa2 berlaku..

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  4. zilla..brinchang mossy forest mmg lg cantek. hehe.

    AMS tu...i got early symptom - heart beat pounding fast....but quickly acclimatise with slower pacing. i guess sbb during 2nd day neh..kitaorg elevate agak pantas benarnye. if the record right - 1000m ++ kot.

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