Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HIKING: Thorong La-pass (5416 M) - Day 02: Magnificent Manaslu Mountain

The First "WOW" we experience in Nepal: Manaslu
Suddenly we all saw something "WOW"!!!! 
Great mountain Manaslu view! This is really a wow for me as never saw such a high mountain with snow on the top of it...... The mountain was really high high above the rest of the hill!!!  Enjoying About 5 minute capture picture.

The first Sunlight in Kathmandu-Nepal is as earlier as 500am Nepal time. I was awake early, so i went up to the rooftop and same time brushing my teeth like others Nepalese do. Its a beautiful morning. I saw rolls of houses and like LEGO brick expand from one roll to another rolls. From the rooftop i also can see many Nepalese are brushing teeth at rooftop! I like the colors. 


Today we will travel from Kathmandu to  Besishahar (Nepali: बेसीशहर नगरपालिका). We plan to start traveling at 630am and reach there before 1500. Estimated travel time is 7-8 hours by private van. Follow us together is our guide, sherpa and porters (One thing i learn in Nepal is you can't really estimate arrival time to anywhere as the most trusted mode of transport to do that is by your own FOOTS)

After take a group photo, we head to Besishahar

About 10 minute out of the city, we stopped at roadside.... All of us wondering why and what happen? Dhana (Guide) explained that one porter didn't appear this morning and now they are getting another replacement porter. We wait almost 30 minute, yet still waiting... At this moment, there are temporary settlement in a empty land. Poor kids hanging around and when they saw us stop there, they slowly come nearer to ask for some foods or money. We did give some snack food to them but not money. Luckily they not keep asking, after get some food they went back to the tents.




After waited for 40 minute, our guide Dhana came back and said the another porter will join us at Besishahar. Great relief to us and we start the travel again.

Our young & Vibrant Guide: Dhana

















This is actually "Tolls booth". Driver need to get down and pay the money at the hut. In Nepal every border road is govern by the individual state or villages.

We stop for breakfast and toilet break around 930am. This is the first local breakfast and we all love the Massala tea. I saw a women beside the stall selling something like donuts... so go nearer to check and buy a bit to try.. not bad, just bit oily.  We also saw a newly wedding couple going for ceremony (i guess)... The Land rover was cramp at least 16 people!!! Later that we will experience the same and start get use of it......


 


Massala Tea with DOt Dot dot
 


  

 

After this... its norms

Then we stop again.... This time its for the driver and porter to have lunch... as we just eat our breakfast. We decided to wait only....








We reach Besishahar at 1430. We are late from schedule. We have our lunch here meanwhile our guide getting the TIMS approval and clearance stamping at Tourist check post to start hiking. From here onwards, we learn always have to order meals at least one hours earlier as most of them will only prepare when you order... not cook when you order!!


The time show 1630pm. We have to decided whether want to start hiking immediately to the planned 1st stop station or overnight at Besishahar. We all decided to start hiking!!! Mainly because we had already sit for 7 hours!!!

Officially its the first step hiking at Nepal. We bypass villages, hanging bridge across river (after that we immune from seeing all this numberless hanging bridge)also a china company hydro project going on.


Suddenly we all saw something "WOW"!!!!
Great mountain Manaslu view! This is really a wow for me as never saw such a high mountain with snow on the top of it...... The mountain was really high high above the rest of the hill!!!  Enjoying About 5 minute capture picture.

Its getting dark as time is 1830pm.... Suddenly we all march like army and walk very fast! Our guide, sherpa and porter are impressed!! But the next morning we all koyak!! Blister and pain on the foot!

Reach 1st station: Ngadi guest house (890 Meter). After bath we all dinner. The porter, guide and shepar was actually waiting us at the dining room.. From there we know, guest must eat first before they can have their meal.. We are bit guilty as we only gather at 2030 or 2100.. don't kow how long they have waited. We ask them next time don't wait for us or let's eat together.