Day 9, Ghyaru - 3,730 metres.

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

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Ngawal Peaceful Guest House
What I did

Flag of Nepal  , Western Region,
Friday, September 25, 2009

11:45am That was sooo hard! We took photo's all the way up the hill path to Ghyaru of Machapuchare and Annapurna II, we couldn't drag our eyes away form the massive peaks, just under 8,000.
We are now resting, having had lunch. Our plan to wake up at 4.30 and leave Pisang didn't work so well; there was no power until 6am so we packed by torchlight. It was about 7am when we stopped to eat biscuits. The dog that befriended Brenden at Pisang accompanied us nearly all the way to the bridge - about an hours walk. Brenden called him Ducky. It's amazing sitting here with the mountains right there; surreal. On the way up we heard a loud booming sound and looked up to see an avalanche; I took a pic of the cloud of snow coming down the mountain.
I'm still unable to eat much, so hardly any carbs, which is unhelpful considering the amount of energy I need to expend. I ate about a third of a small pizza last night and would have vomited if I'd taken another bite. Soup and eggs are good!

Chess: B - 5,  J - 0  Backgammon: B - 0,  J - 3. Ngawal Peaceful Guest House, 3,680mt.

After the long ascent to Ghyaru of course came the descent, still with lots of up bits though. Felt really exhausted this afternoon; we had planned to keep descending to Humde but we got to this guest house and I crashed & burned. Undid the shoe-laces and took the pack off and that was it. Asked for a room and immediately laid down and pulled on the quilt. B put my sleeping bag over me too and I slept like the dead for 2 hours while B read. I woke up better but with crippled feet. Dreading the walk to Manang tomorrow but at least we'll have rest days then. It was delightful to look down a while after leaving Ghyaru and see Pisang, the green lake, the faint line of the trail and the bridge we crossed before we began the torturous climb!
The low path to Humde would've been much easier but I'm glad we climbed; not just for the views but the villages were interesting, and of course, the acclimatisation is invaluable.

An Israeli couple we've met are staying here too, Ziv and Yael. Ziv stopped and took a photo of us on the switchbacks to Ghyaru and offered me a barley sugar. Yael is concerned that he has AMS.
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