To reach Thorong Phedi (4540m), we had to hike for about 3 hours with around 500m of elevation gain. First part to Ledar was quite ok, even after that the Nepali flat. The last two km were more difficult for me – the trail was a bit dangerous because of landslides on some parts, strong wind was blowing and I started to feel the altitude. Luckily no stone hit me – but there was a guy who got hit.. So it’s not that rare.
We are staying in a really nice lodge this time, it’s the oldest one in here (built 1981) and the atmosphere is so chilled. Cool music, nicely warm, bakery inside, good food, amazing views.. I would even stay one more day. Or if I’m gonna do the Annapurna circuit trek again (and I’m sure I will), this will be the place I’m gonna looking forward to the most😉
After we arrived, I ordered chocolate roll with tea (sooo good) and shortly afterwards I set off for my acclimatization hike to Thorong high camp (4900m). The climb was really steep and it took me around 45 minutes to get there. But, at the high camp, I saw there is kind of a peak nearby and of course I had to climb it. I can’t just stay somewhere lower, if there’s a higher place to reach🙈 That took me another 15-20mins, the snow made it a bit harder. But the views!!! Omg, so beautiful. See for yourself:
So we chilled there for a while, took some pics and then headed back to Thorong Phedi, where I finally had a proper lunch. And now we’re just hanging out here in the dining hall, listening to cool music and I’m thinking what kind of sweets I want to eat. Maybe the apple pie? Or apple pie as a reward after Thorong La? Yeah, maybe… The other options are: my sugar free digestive cookies (nah, I need sugar), KitKat, Mars, Snickers or the chocolate roll from bakery again. Tough choices aaaaahhh😩 Or everything? Hahaha
On the way to High camp, I was also thinking a little. About life, universe, and everything, you know😜 The answer to this ultimate question was already answered – it’s 42 (read The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy) but it still didn’t stop me. I just can’t stop thinking that there’s something more than the lives we live, and I can feel this ‘something more’ here in the mountains. I feel like I’m successfully escaping this 9 to 5 routine back at home but it’s not enough to do it for 2 weeks. I’m not saying I don’t like my job, I do.. It’s just… It seems so shallow and insignificant compared to… Life, universe and everything. Even the traveling now – it’s not about taking the best pictures, traveling the most countries in the world, make people to envy you or just because one was at some place I gotta go there as well. No. I don’t care about others, I’m traveling for my own sake, to places that will enrich me in some way, that are significant for me at this point of life. I felt like I need to come back to Nepal, to do the Annapurna circuit trek. So I went. I feel like I need to visit India this year. So I will go. I don’t know why, if you ask me, I just tell you that 2017 feels like India. And if it feels like that, I should probably stick to my gut feeling and not change the itinerary.
Why does the regular life have to be so rigid? Graduate, find a job, get promoted, find a partner, get married, have kids, raise them up, work a bit longer, retire, die. It’s just so sad. And I know I can’t do that. I don’t know.. I’m not saying I don’t want to find a partner and eventually marry him.. I just wouldn’t like to be stuck in a routine. I would like us to spend all our money on traveling and to be flexible enough to decide one day that tomorrow we will leave for another journey somewhere else.
It’s so difficult to find someone like that. Almost impossible I’d say. Well, I’ll keep trying😜
Well.. It wasn’t my intention to start on this topic but I won’t delete what I wrote now. I should eat some chocolate I guess, maybe my thoughts won’t be so sad afterwards😄
Ok, so Mars bar with small pot of mint tea it was. Suddenly my thoughts are much more cheerful😂
And I just had the strongest dejavu/ memory of a dream ever. Yeah, because I’m not having dejavus anymore, I know I dreamed about this moment and now it finally happened.
So we were discussing what to order for dinner and we were at the dessert section. And there stands ‘custard pudding’.
So we’re like ‘what is custard? Is it the crust of a pie? Or crumbs? There’s also apple pie with custard so what is it??’
Then I remembered I downloaded English-Czech dictionary so I’m translating:
‘ok, custard means pudding, at least that’s what the app says’.
And Phina (German trekking friend) is saying (and this is what I dreamed about and where it started):
‘so custard pudding is basically pudding pudding?’😂
And I looked at the yellow menu and I’m seeing it exactly as I saw it in my dream. And we’re laughing because it’s so funny and I’m remembering that in the dream I thought that the pople are so nice, and they seem very familiar although at that time I didn’t know them. And I look out of the window in the dream and I see high mountains outside and I’m thinking where can this be? Nice people around, mountains, we’re laughing together..
And now I finally figured it out. And the feelingyou get when this happens is so weird, exciting, unbelievable and amazing at the same time. And it just reassures me that maybe, just mayyybe my dreams are showing the future sometimes😉
And that’s it for today. Pizza Margarita for dinner and then goodnight☺️