Day 1 Hiking

This post is over a week late, because the wifi is extremely slow, when there is some to be found!

Drove to village.
Finally started hiking and did 30min
Stopped for lunch, which took 2hrs.
There was doubt that we would make it before dark to Ghandruk, so we sent half the crew ahead in a jeep, and the other half powered as fast as they could.

The jeep crew reported that drive was hairy, with tight squeezes past other vehicles. They then hiked 6k directly upwards, our guide described it as “vertical stairs”. The staircase meanders through little villages and farms with spectacular views.

The jeep crew was passed by 2 donkey trains. They saw men carrying beds up the stairs on their heads. Karyn sang to Mags “I love to go a wandering” . Dave got accosted by a 6 yo who thought his wet ones were lollies. She patted him down and was very disappointed to find wet wipes.

The hike group walked the road that the jeep crew drove, as fast as they could. We made great time and finished the road in an hour when it should have taken 2hrs. We then embarked on the 6k of stairs after the other guys.

We broke our new friend, Mary, about 4k up the road. She never gave up and we made sure to stop at regular intervals to feed her. Our guide (we took a spare, Sarot) took her bag for parts.

Chris will be happy to hear that I have introduced the group to the Dog game. The game goes like this; when you see a dog, you have to exclaim “Dog”. Each dog can only be called once, and the person who has the most points at the end of the day wins. Jade won with 4 dogs, and she takes home ever lasting glory.

A highlight of today was Jade entering our hostel, whooping and hollering, only to startle the occupants and realize that it was the wrong one.

It’s Nepali New Years Eve tonight. We have seen lots of schoolboys playing drums and brass instruments.

We are staying tonight in a village called Ghandruk. It’s 450 years old, and tomorrow we get to have a wander around it. Nepal has 123 different languages, and hundreds of dialects within them. The group that lives here speaks a language that our guides and porters cannot understand.

There was an after shock in Nepal the day before we arrived. It was not very strong but it is a good reminder that Nepal needs our support. If you can’t come here, seven women are our charity of choice. They are Australian, and actively provide earthquake relief, skills training, education, and employment for disadvantaged women in Nepal. We are selling their products to raise money, you can still buy them from our website. Http://