'we are going to travel twice the distance of yesterday' - and yesterday was referring to the distance between Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani i.e. 8km more or less. something was not right, as i recalled my arrangement with Puru, the sivaji of the AboveHimalaya, was for us to do between 8-10km per-day trekking, and Tadapani, the next stop that i had in mind, couldn't be more than 10km trekking.
i was still tired with all the energy drained for sunrise hiking, and just gave a plain smile to Durga as he explained to us while we were packing our stuff. but honestly, i still had Tadapani in my mind as our next stop, where we could break and enjoying the closer view of Machapuchare there.
|Dhaulagiris from our room|
|Annapurnas from our room|
it seemed like everybody started to leave the hotel, heading to their next destination. i bet most of them were doing the annapurna circuit or heading in opposite way, as we saw only a few on the path to Tadapani. or perhaps, we were already late. everybody left already! hehehe.
the trail started on a flat land, with just few elevation along the way. and mind that we were trekking in the forest now. after few minutes, i started to feel the challenge. we were ascending! pretty much as steep as what we had when hiking the Poon Hill in the morning earlier.
'this is bad' i told myself. it was not even half an hour of trekking, i felt so heavy to step on the stairs. i was still not recovering yet from the morning hike, perhaps. and moreover, i was not prepared with the fact that we had to hike again! i thought Poon Hill was our ultimate challenge, and we would start descending etc., but the trail now seemed a deja vu.
# Deja Vu di Poon Hill ...ok kak timah bole buat drama baru
i had to bear with all of these, and i saw others already far in front, particularly my one and only Durga.
|higher and higher|
|the greatest challenge...my heart sank seeing this stairs|
and finally, we reached at the peak of Deurali pass.
i understand all Durga's rambling about not going to Poon Hill thing. we were at the peak adjacent to Poon Hill, at almost the same height, and enjoying the same breathtaking view we had this morning.
and the feeling of 'i am the ugly person, looking at the beautiful and breathtaking Allah's creation, from the tiny cave hole..and it did feel a better deal' came back..
Subhanallah...i felt blessed to see such beauty
#mode di bawah lindungan kaabah..
# Poon Hill gave slightly better view, but if you want to save energy and time, you can skip Poon Hill.
# Deurali pass will be your first encounter instead of Poon Hill if you decided to do the trekking following Nayapul-Ghandruk-Tadapani etc. direction.
|Dhaulagiris from the peak of Deurali pass|
|Dhaulagiris - Annapurnas from Deurali pass|
|everybody taking a break|
|me!!!! and it was still cold as i wore layers + windbreaker|
we had a long break there.it seemed everybody's favourite place to stop, while continuing the journey. there was a small hut selling drinks, but we passed that.
we left the peak and following Deurali pass trail, entering the forest again. after a while, we were now descending. to my surprise, Durga moved really fast this time. i was not sure what was in his mind, but he was really2 fast this time. and at one point i lost him from my sight.
#adekah dia melihat entiti asing?
|hiking the trail of Deurali pass|
|entering the forest|
# cuak tak ingat...sbb gas and air cam nk kuar dari mulut, idung etc.
friend was excited to take pictures of the local kids, but he had less common sense as didn't know what to offer in return. ended up with being scolded by the mother 'one picture, one chocolate!'.
|small village of Deurali|
|the goodies sold by the locals|