11/07/09 – 11/08/09: Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Day 4: Tal to Danaqyu (4.75 hours)
I wouldn’t call trekking here boring since the landscape is constantly changing and there are always new things to see, but sometimes we need to do things to keep our minds active. We tried a game of 20 questions the other day, but Zhou gave up too soon (the answer: “footprints”). Sometimes Zhou sees something and then finds all the rhymes of that word that she can (a goat in a stoat coat afloat on a boat in a remote moat). Today I was singing in my head and told Zhou what song it was. “The first track on Fall Out Boy’s newest CD… I’m sure you know it.” I sang the first verse for her. You know her reply? “I need to cover my ears now.”
She quickly played it off as if she was cold or something… I didn’t buy any of the excuses. From now on I won’t be singing aloud any more.
On another note, I’ve realized today that I’ve been wearing the same socks and underwear since Hong Kong. That’s when I decided it was time for a shower.
Day 5: Danaqyu to Chame (4.75 hours)
I’ve never been tempted to step into and out of my refrigerator every few minutes, but I imagine that’s a good comparison to what we experienced today. Every time the sun peeked through the trees or around the mountainside, the weather was great. As expected when hiking up 400 meters, we would work up a nice little sweat in our long-sleeved tops. But when the shadows crept over us I felt like Sanka did when he first made it to Calgary in Cool Runnings. We had to wrap up in our fleeces and harves (hat scarves for those who haven’t followed the blog for long) and even then we were tempted to reach into the pack for own down jackets. It’s amazing how much impact the sun has up here.
Our destination today was Chame, the first “big” town we’ve been to on our hike. Big is a relative term, as all towns in the ACA simply consist of a few one and two-story buildings (mostly lodges and restaurants) built around the trekking path. Chame, though, has a bank, a police station, a post office and a bunch of little shops where you can reload on food, drinks and toiletries. (In writing this sentence, it feels a little like Idaville in Encyclopedia Brown.) You can actually even buy some cold weather gear if you didn’t have the foresight to do so before embarking on a trek through the Himalayan mountains in winter.
Pictures of the Day: Rules of the road: all animals have right of way. I’ve been hip-checked into the mountainside by a few mules, and Zhou and I barely escaped this gaggle of goats.