Wednesday 10th October – Day 2: Chamche (1385mt) to Danaqyu (2200mt)

  • Time- 6hrs
  • Distance-15km
  • Elevation- tba. GPS had a shitty reception
  • Fun score
  • S-1
  • T-1

Started the uphill trek to Tal- lots of steep stairs and switchbacks. Great route- fun/ mixed terrain. Found an ankle brace at Tal, which really helped Trey. Also, more ginger tea!

The next hour saw us climbing high up on those narrow steep paths that T loves so much. The route was also used for cows, goats and horses so it was common to have to navigate around animals on a path two feet wide.

On this occasion we found ourselves behind three cows. After introducing ourselves (they were facing the opposite direction so we talked to their arses) I took the right side and stayed uphill trying to dodge past and avoiding scaring them and causing them to kick.

Trey, took the inside route by the sheer drop to try and pass. Can you see where this is going?

As he did this, the black cow looked at him pushed his horns into T’s stomach and lifted him up pushing him off the hillside.

I was too busy avoiding the cows arse to see this but when I looked up T was gone. Split seconds later he popped up from the side of the hill after grabbing hold of some bamboo on his way down. Lucky for him there were some trees in this section as the drop was several hundred metres down.

Look up, up, still further. Yup – see that bridge? We did not walk it.

We followed this up with a terrible lunch at Karte. 1220nrps $10 of momos (dumplings), Tibetan bread with omelette – super oily, tea and water). Certainly not worth crossing the suspension bridge for.

That night stayed at Hotel Snowland which was one of the many tea houses lining the route in the village. – we were offered a free room if we ate dinner and breakfast there. We had hot showers, double bed with blanket.

We met a lovely Dutch couple who we would meet again along the route. It’s not unusual to see people multiple times since it’s a popular route and many walk the same pace and stop in the same places.

A lady called Santi owned the hotel and she recommended us a hotel in Chame so we’d be set for the next night.

Total for room and board 2150nrps $18

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