donderdag 10 mei 2012

Part III Annapurna Adventures

From Thorong La it was all the way down to the village of Mukthinath. By the time we got there we were tired but happy. In the evening we celebrated our victory with some Yak steaks. After about an hour of chewing I decided to give the rest of my steak to the others, but Robbert was still munching on...  From Muktinath we continued the trekking through deserted hills and mountains. We discovered the village with the most expensive noodle soup ever and we followed the Kali Gandaki river all the way to Jomsom. On the way we tried to find these special river fossils in the empty river bed. Robbert really wanted to find one and found none, of course I found three stones. One 3 kilo stone was carried all the way to Tatopani, were Robbert had to leave it behind...

 In Jomsom I had the first hot shower since ages, not knowing I was finishing all the hot solar water for the others...  The next day me, Ton, Joost, Robbert and Noel took off on a mountain bike all the way down to Tatopani, one of the highlights of the trip. The wind was strong, the tracks were bumpy and steep, we had to cross through rivers and muddy paths, but the views were amazing and we were racing down the roads! Half way we came across a Dutch restaurant and we had hutspot! We finally arrived in Tatopani and jumped straight into the hot spring pools with a beer. A great way to finish an amazing day.

And then off again the next day up the hills towards Gorepani. After the day of mountain biking we were a bit tired, but managed to make it all the way up. Next day at 4:30 in the morning it was time for the last highlight of the trip: sunrise at Poonhill. After a one hour steep climb we made it to the view tower. While the sun was rising a panorama of mountains was all around us, so beautiful!

-         -  Eating hutspot at a Dutch restaurant in the middle of nowhere
-          - Cycling through a waterfall, getting wet shoes
-          - Seeing Robbert cling on to his fossil, not wanting to leave the 3 kilo stone behind
-          - Chilling in the hot water spring after a day of rafting
- -Watching the sunrise at Poon hill while singing a Himalaya song

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