Trek – Day 2 – Updated
Day two was the second hardest hiking day of my life. It was hot, humid and lots of steps. We had a little rain right after lunch but most of the time we were walking it was dry. And hot. Did I mention the steps?
Essentially, what we did was walk down one side of the valley and back up the other. The valley is very steep-sided so the going down was really challenging (see the graph at the bottom). The day started with some spectacular views of the mountains including Fishtail.
The team ready to start day two.
Walking down the steps to the river.
Only two people had any problems and they were Faydra our GVI team leader and me – the old guy in the group. Faydra actually left the path headed towards the river but she only got a couple of feet and was entirely unhurt. Ishwar, our lead guide, was pulling her up before I even realized she had gone missing. I managed to slip on the wet rock steps (twice!) and fell onto the steps. I suffered only some scrapes and bruises. Nobody died.
At the bottom there is the river and a nice bridge that seemed a little out of place.
Loretta models the bridge for us.
After the bridge is it was back up hill.
Loretta models the hill for us. The rest of the team is further up the hill.
When we got to our “basic” tea house it started raining. A lot. Pokhara got so much rain there was some significant flooding. It rained hard all night.
The rain was nice and cool after the hike.
Most of the team slept well that night despite the hard rain. Loretta not so much. First, she woke up when she thought she felt something on her ankle. She got her flashlight and saw that she had a leech on her in her bed. She woke me up so I could help. It turned out that she had holes in both ankles so it seemed like there might be two leeches. We found one and evicted it. We then thoroughly inspected her bed and found more offending objects.
An hour or two later she went to the outhouse which was through the hard rain and was greeted by a giant frog. Harmless but surprising. After a trip to the outhouse a full inspection for leeches is imperative. Nothing found so back to bed.
An hour or two later, we both woke up when we heard a very loud “meeeeow”. One of the local cats had climbed through the window and taken up a position on Loretta’s bed. “Scott!! The cat is in my bed!” I held the light while she wrapped the cat into her sheet and took it outside.
About an hour later the cat was back. This time just on the window sill but on the inside. Again, Loretta wrapped the cat up with her sheet to evict it. She closed the window and we both tried to go back to sleep.
Here are the stats for today’s leg of the trek:
And the Elevation/Speed chart for me – the slow one:
Again, click on any image for a bigger version.
To browse all of my photos from this day go here.