Day 21

Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
Trip End Mar 01, 2010

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Flag of Nepal  , Himalayan Region,
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I stayed up again, fixing that stupid Python script for the trip statistics - and even made it work! In the morning it proved that all of the laundry is damp. This is not good because we have a hard day and additional weight is not what I'll be missing. But there is nothing to do, I put on half-wet t-shirt and shorts and we start the climb.
The book warns that it's the highest climb of the circuit - I have my GPS running to verify that. The folks are really fit, and they don't have backpacks half as heavy as mine, I guess. In any case they are climbing much faster then myself - I give up and walk my tempo, taking some pictures. The weather is not too nice - it was very cloudy at the valley in the morning. In the mid-day it was a little bit better, but far from perfect picture. I don't really know what are we going to see tomorrow from that vista point at Poon Hill.
When I catch the folks at 11, at a tea-shop for the lunch they say I'm lagging by some 20 minutes, which is not that bad after all. And at all the whole trip is taking significantly less time than the book proposed - it's nice.
The gueshouse the guide selects is at the very top of the village. It also has a perfect laundry drying rack atop of a heating container. So my laundry is 100% now - I'm happy.
Today it's 2 month as I'm traveling. But I have a feeling it goes on much longer, actually. In any case I use this as a motivation to celebrate and order a piece of an apple pie - there are not too many left. Tomorrow will be probably the last day on the trail. It all depends on the weather.
I was thinking more about what should I do in Nepal, before leaving to Darjeeling, and it seems like I don't want to go to Kathmandu. I'll get there the next time I'll be visiting in Nepal, anyways. As for the new boots, I probably can manage some time with the existing ones. Or probably try to find something in Pokhara. So I'll be leaving Pokhara to Kakarbhitta/Panitanki (the border towns, 17 hours dirve - have to find out what about the transit visa to India...) the moment I feel done in Pokhara - some clean-up: shopping, posting, internet. If the weather allows: paragliding, the lakes on the boat or around these on a (moto)bike.
So now I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the weather for  tomorrow's sunrise (06:44) 

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