Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Day 04 (Chame to Ghyaru)
I woke up today and got ready for some more hiking. I left Chame and walked on the dirt road eastward to Dhikur Pokhari; at one point the road went trough some apple orchards which was a pleasant change of scenery, albeit a short-lived one. At Dhikur Pokhari, I took the Upper Pisang trail, leaving the dirt road behind. This trail offered splendid views of the valley and was much more peaceful, not having jeeps and motorcycles speeding by and blowing dust in your face. I passed through the town of Upper Pisang, which was pleasant looking, and I was going to stop for lunch, but I had reached it earlier than expected, so I continued on to Ghyaru; the entire Upper Pisang trail was carved through pine forests with deciduous trees and shrubs showing their Autumn colors – I had never hiked through forests in Autumn before, but I will have to be sure to do so more in the future since it really is a beautiful sight to behold: the mix of yellow, red, and brown leaves with evergreen trees, snow capped mountains in the distance, blue rivers white with rapids, stones in all the shades of sand, and golden meadows wet with melted frost. Finally, at about 13:30, I reached Ghyaru, my stopping point for the day. I ended up staying at a two-story lodge built around a center room with a stove-pipe heater in the center – it was very traditional looking; there were also three people from Japan staying there. After getting my room, I had a vegetable pizza for lunch (the pizza had seven slices (I think this is the first time in my life I had ever seen a pizza with an odd number of slices) and the vegetable toppings were diced cabbage (produced in town)) and a bottle of spite. I then rested in my room for a while before venturing out in the cold to take some pictures of the mountain range at sunset. Later, I had dinner, which turned out to be a ridiculous amount of food; I ordered honey lemon ginger tea, vegetable thanduk (a local food with noodles and vegetables in a broth with a fried egg on top – very delicious), and fried momos filled with potatoes, cheese, and eggs; well I received all that, plus another dish (I’m not sure how, at the time I thought it was in lieu of the fried momos) of fried potatoes, vegetables, and eggs; suffice to say, this rather large meal did a number on my gastrointestinal system, which for the past few days has been used to a minimal amount of food, but it was tasty. Lastly, I went to sleep for the night.