As usual, we started the day with breakfast at 7 – I ordered huge banana pancake this time but for the secod time I got stomach cramps afterwards, and what happened twice will surely happen for a third time so I guess no more pancakes for me. It just makes the trekking more difficult.
First we had to reach Tal village (1700m) which took us 2h. Small entrance gate stood at the beginning and since we were coming from below, we didn’t see what’s behind it. And when we saw it… A jaw dropping view welcomed us. It’s not possible for me to upload pictures now so you have to imagine everything. Standing on a small hill, river with clear blue water was flowing beneath us in a ‘S’ shape while sun was shining on it, and in the first curve of the letter S stood Tal, in the shadow of a nearby mountain. Tal means lake in Nepali so during the monsoon season, river floods its lower banks and creates a lake that surrounds left part of the village. So beautiful!
If I knew how beautiful Tal is, I would have trekked for those two more hours the day before. So we just went through and we found kinda beach behind the village. So we met with the trekkers from yesterday and chilled for a while there while river was flowing next to us. I felt like I’m at the sea, not in the mountains😊
In around 30mins we set off and continued in a direction of Karte, Dharapani and ultimately Danaque. And then I saw it. At least 100m super steep zigzag climb up and I thought – yeah it’s always like that, first the universe shows you the beauty, let’s you chill and be happy, but of course life must kick you back afterwards, you just can’t stay happy all the time, right😜
But! A miracle happened. When we reached the crossroads, a sign said ‘NO’ to the upper path and ‘YES’ to the lower one. And few steps later again big nope – the trail was closed due to land slide. Yay!😄 So we continued on the road instead and I really didn’t mind. Yeah I forgot to mention, you can take a jeep up to Manang (3540m) because there is a normal road available for cars. Crazy, right? That’s the result of the popularity of this trek. The trail is beautiful but more difficult, while road is easy but you always have to avoid the cars or motorbikes..
Then we took a lunch and after 6,5h in total at 3pm (without lunch break) we reached Danaque (2210m). As the altitude is getting higher and higher, prices follow the trend and go up as well. ACAP conservation area sets the accommodation prices this time, so it’s not like you order a dinner and you sleep for free. First night was 150, second 250 and third-now- is 300 (devide by 100 and you get price in USD).
Nights are getting chilly! During the day, I can still trek wearing just shorts and tank top but now, in the evening, I’m cold with my thermo socks and two hoodies on. Ugh. The guest house we are staying at has a hot shower (not warm, but really hot) and I manage to wash my hair and even let it dry on the sun. Which won’t probably happen until I don’t know when – I mean drying the hair on the sun, not taking shower in general haha😂 And again, thank God for my super warm sleeping bag!🙏 The best investment of my life!😁