Although our last day of trekking is just a short 3 hour journey downhill to Phedi, nothing in this valley is really “easy”. The first part of the trail is a pleasant walk through the woods. We then begin to see the signs of “civilization”, or at least bigger towns and roads. Still, this track is not as heavily traveled as some of the trails we have seen. We continue to wind our way through the towns and terraced fields and then hit the long, long staircase that leads down to Phedi, the last punishing descent. At least we’re not one of the poor souls just starting up. Of course they have all the amazing views and experiences ahead of them, ours are already memories.
On the way down the steep staircase Don once again has cell phone access and is able to check the unfolding US presidential election results in real time. By the time we reach Phedi he finds out that, yes, we will have four more years with President Obama.
Returning to Pokhara isn’t a harsh contrast from life on the trek, more of a soft landing as you are reintroduced to some of the creature comforts you’ve been missing – a bed with actual bedding, a proper hot shower, a proper towel and a room big enough to sort your belongings. For dinner we’re longing for real protein. Pokhara lake fish was a good start, but we’ll save the real “meat” indulgence for our return home.
November 7, 2012
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