Day 8 - Pisang 3,100 mt.

Trip Start Sep 13, 2009
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Where I stayed
The Maya Guest House, Pisang
What I did
Read, eat talk and explored Upper Pisang

Flag of Nepal  , Western Region,
Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's nearly 9am and I have only just ordered breakfast. Been awake since 5.30 though, listening to the Israeli's and the Dutch couple pack up and head out for Manang.
Feel a bit low this morning, although better physically. I don't want to be here any more, I want to be at home. Can't wait to get over that fecking pass and be on the home stretch. I miss everyone.

So glad that B is with me - he is a breath of fresh air even when he's grumpy, and makes me laugh. We like the people here at this lodge - today we've been offered a better room - better as in on the same floor as the dining room, at the top which makes things easier - for the same price (about $6). The beds are always bits of board nailed onto stumps with a bit of foam on them; torture on the hips! Most of the kitchens use wood fires to cook and solar-heated showers. Lodge owners are encouraged to use kero instead, and trekkers can read info advising on the best foods to eat to have the least impact on the environment. We took water-purifying tablets; easy to carry and we just rotated our 2 water bottles each. The villages have taps that just run constantly, piped from the river, so the water is gorgeous and cold, and usually clear, but needs to be treated before drinking. Our tabs treated for giaurdia as well as other nasties.
So far, I've had one warm shower this trip.

 Chess: B - 4   J - 0     Backgammon: B - 0    J - 2

The past two days we've been walking through beautiful pine forests. We saw this amazing looking bird we thought might be a woodpecker - the kiwi couple we met yesterday told us it's a Hoo Koo? Woo Hoo? Roo Poo? The kiwi's are Richard and Caroline, they rocked up yesterday when we were eating in Bhratang, and introduuced Brenden to the idea of Nepalese pastries. They told us about their last Annapurna adventure which they did in March, when it is snowing. They got up in the morning and their toothbrushes were frozen. We've also seen an eagle - B video'd it for his dad.

I've just come up the stairs to the dining room and there is Alain and Raj!! We had a good chat and exchanged e-mails before waving them off to walk back to Besisahar. Alain said he would return next year, after doing more to train than sailing boats around France.

VERY early start tomorrow to Gyyaru, at 3730 mt. So far we've walked 70 km's.

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