The succeeding hike remains to be both easy and pleasant. Any trail surrounded by trees is good for me and to make thing even better for most part it is a walk downhill. With residue of light snowfall on the dried leaves, an indication of the coming colder winter days, but for now
the weather is just perfect- not to hot, not to cold.
Instead of arrows pointing us to the right direction, what serve as our lead are the prayer flags. According to Sujan, though some my consider Nepal as the predominantly Hindu religion country, most of the mountain villagers are Buddhists, thus prayer flags and stupa made of stones are both common sight along the trail.
Another coffee break at the village of Duerli.
Here I met another guide who is currently on break and now studying Japanese language on his own, on the hopes that the next hiking season more Japanese tourists will be coming in. He is quite eager to practice and converse with me in Japanese after learning that I worked in Japan before but I told him that I lack the skills to do so. Instead, I shared with him stories about Japan over a cup of instant UCC Coffee that I have with me.
While we are exchanging stories, his sister also on school break is busy grinding coffee the old fashion way.
We returned back to our hike after an hour break. True to what I fear earlier, the trail compensates for every downhill walk we had earlier, now it is nothing but a non-stop walk uphill in order to reach the 2026m elevated town of Tadapani.
The town of Tadapani relies solely on solar power. The emergency flashlight and headlamp that I have with me came handy in the evening as there was no light except the few candles provided by the teahouse.
After dinner and a cup of tea at the common room, I went back to my room, once again hide inside my sleeping bag and call it a night.
Spending only three days in the mountain, I often dream about my childhood. Not sure why, but somehow memories long forgotten often rushes back to me, maybe because I have more time to free my mind from internet, work, problems, maybe life in general.
Ghorepani – Gurung Hill – Duerli – Banthati – Tadapani