Now it’s raining. But don’t worry, we already seat nicely in a nice Lodge with a priceless view in front of us. This lodge empty because it’s not yet the holiday season so we occupied the whole outside terrace, play the music from our phone and enjoying instant coffee which we brought from Jakarta.
Not a promotion ad, but it’s still so assuring you to know something you familiar with in the unknown place 🙂
It’s such a pretty, truly beautiful view that we had! You should be envy with me now. Raining even not lessen it’s beautiful view. We are staying in Tikhedhunga Hile, in Dipak Guest House. The lodge has hot water from Solar Panel also electricity for charging your phone and camera (phone won’t have any signal anyway – but for camera it’s pretty important!) and the price is so cheap, only 300 Nepali Rupees/night (USD 3)! Oh c’mon, Nepal is awesome with their cheap price and friendly people. I love to be here a lot! Especially Pokhara and this journey to Poon Hill.
We started today around 8 am from Pokhara. With the taxi owned by our hotel, we went to Nayapul. Nayapul is the start point for us to trekking. The cost for taxi is 1500 Nepali Rupees (USD 16) for 1 hour drive, such a good deal I think, because the road was up and down, plus, rather than having a difficult time hold our bags in public bus, better to sit nicely and enjoy the view without holding our heavy bags and huddle with others. On our way from Pokhara, we saw a truck accident, that was so bad! Dunno about the driver, but the truck looked so awful.
The view from Pokhara to Nayapul was awesome. I always love to look closely people that living in one city or village, I noticed that Nepali people put the water faucet (resources) in front of their house. So any kind activities regarding to use water such as wash dishes, take shower, brush your teeth, washing clothes, etc, they do it in front of their house. I gave one chocolate to a kid which doing the dishes washing, she’s so happy, maybe it was her first time had an Indonesian chocolate 😉
Arrived in Nayapul, we relaxed a bit by take a sip of Nepali tea, this time with Buffalo milk. Taste it’s better for me than with Yak milk. It was my first time trying the Buffalo milk, hehhee, the taste was acceptable for my tongue. The shop owner was so kind to us. After promise to the driver that we will call him when we almost finish our trek so he can pick us up and bring us back to the hotel in Pokhara, we prepare ourselves for the trekking.
Nayapul, the starting point
What I love about merchandise seller in Nepal, because they’re not annoying us by calling or shout on us to come to their store. They just open their store, show stuff they sell and later if you get interest you can come and buy something. If not, you can just walk away without pushed to buy something. Please do consider if you want to do bargaining. If it’s already cheap, don’t bargain again. Of course if it’s not a make sense price, you can ask for a discount or bargain. But everything is so cheap in Nepal, with the wages they have and how expensive to buy land in here, I do think bargaining in Nepal it’s better not to do. If you love to travel, go visit another countries, let’s do charity by buying or using local products/services. It helps them to develop their well-being too.
I also saw houses in Nepal mostly had many stones on their rooftop. I think it’s served as barriers so wind can’t blow the houses roof and damage the house.
Wohoooo, finally I able to step the area! Annapurna conservation area! So happy!! Before we arrived in Nepal, our guide already arranged for our permits, we need to pay USD 25/person for TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permits. In Birethanti, Kaski, we need to show our TIMS and ACAP with the officer.
If you want to do trekking in Nepal, it’s required for you to apply the permit. You are as guest in someone’s country, so be a behave guest and follow the rule. The permit also record your identity in their file, so if something happened to you (for instance if you get lost while you trekking alone or without guide) then can immediately look after you. Many tourist I saw doing their trekking alone. Actually the area already had it’s track, you will not get lost if you follow the main track, but still, I think, it’s quite risky in some areas, such as many ways to go, you can get lost and waste your time and energy for being around and around in same place. Use the guide also not so expensive and make you feel comfortable during your trekking.
Even honestly to say, I am so grateful to have Lakpa as our guide, many tourist I saw had guide that not so talk-active, look so boring (maybe because they do the track many times) or lazy. Lakpa is really nice, patience caring and responsible for our comfort and safety. He is also a nice partner to talk, I shared some of my story with him, exchanging Indonesia culture and Nepal culture, which make my hours walking not be so boring. We paid 1600 Nepali Rupees/day for the guide services, that was nothing comparing to our pleasure and comfort during the journey. We think we get a new friend, not just ordinary guide. The good news is, the guide charge is shared between me and my friend 😉
Continued to our journey, the steep hills make our walk so difficult. Many times I lost my breathe and need to stop. I almost think I can’t make it anymore, until our guide, Lakpa, told me to better move some stuff from my bag to him. It made me easy to lift my own bag after I put some to him. What a nice guy! To bring my own body was already so difficult, now added by my bag, I feel I wanna fainted. After we moved some stuff, I felt a bit lighter and able to walk again.
Along the way, you will pass many village. It was a beautiful view and scenery everywhere you look around. The atmospheres were so calm and far from the noisy of capital city. So green and a view that you rare to get if you spend your daily life as city’s people.
We stop in Green Great View Restaurant in Ramghai, Dunde to got our lunch. I love the restaurant, since it close to the river and had lovely view. I chose Chicken Fried Noodle which cost around 310 Nepali Rupees, while my friend chose Mixed Fried Rice (270 Nepali Rupees). Oh the portion was so a lot! A mountain of noodle on my plate! I can’t finish it all so I just eat less than half. I regret I didn’t bring red chilly sauce. All food taste less without chilly sauce for me. In Nepal, they only have green chilly sauce – which the taste is so weird for my tongue. My noodle tasted so so with too much tomato sauce, but it’s ok, helped me to gain another energies to walk, while my friend’s fried rice tasted almost the same as normal fried rice (not so much curry).
I suggest you to bring your own favorite chilly sauce while traveling…
After finish our food, we continued walk again and the journey harder than before. Up and up, it was like a never ending journey, many times we stopped for one minute or two to rest and draw a breathe. Anyway, finally we arrived in Tikhedhunga. Tikhedhunga has 2 areas, Hile and Tikhedhunga. We stopped in Hile and Lakpa brought us to Dipak’s Guest House. The view is so breathtaking. Our guide said it’s better to stay overnight in a lodge at Hile, rather than in Tikhedhunga because in Tikhedhunga, the view less nice than in Hile. So we followed his suggestion and stay in Dipak Guest House. A decision which we didn’t regret at all, even when we stop it’s still around 3 pm. Many tourist just continued their walk through Hile to reaching Tikhedhunga or Ulleri. But then the sun hide behind the clouds, a sign of the raining will come soon, make me feel grateful that we already able to rest and shower in Lodge. Especially right now, when I’m writing this article, raining comes so hard! I sit nicely, safe and sound in the Lodge, watch the rain, running clouds, already showered, drink the instant coffee I brought from Indonesia and eat potato grilled with cheese and pokhada (actually we have it also in Indonesia and called bakwan), cooked by Dipak, the lodge’s owner.
Clouds come down to the mountain, cover the top with such thick fogs. It’s starting to be chilly. I guess tonight we will sleep early because we feel tired and the cold weather. Good that I bring the sleeping bag, it help me to keep warm no matter how cold it will be in the evening.
Written : August 3, 2013