Day 5 October 7th 2014
Pokhara to Dhampus, Nepal
Today began quit early, 4:30 am to be exact. We set out this early so that we could catch the sun rising over the Annapurna’s. Now it sounds like not a lot of people would be up for watch dawn rise over the blissful Himalayan Mountains but trust me there were hundreds (that may be an understatement). To get to the lookout (which at first seemed remote and unknown) we drove up a curvy mountain side for about a half hour. As we began to reach our destination, more vehicle lights appeared and before you knew it we were in a “parking lot” of vehicles trying to get to the top. The experience was similar to going skiing in the Canadian Rockies and trying to get on the mountain before the first run. The view ended up being spectacular (minus the constant click clicks and chatter in half a dozen languages).
We returned to the guest house and had a traditional Nepali breakfast of curry potatoes and flattened rice. Super tasty as usual! Before heading off to see Davis Falls I took a quick nap. While I was asleep some of the group was out on the balcony when a Nepali funeral precession along the main road. Gina said the body was wrapped like a mummy and was being carried on a bamboo bed. Wish I could have seen it! No pictures were taken as the precession came and went too fast.
The afternoon was spent at Davis Falls which was named after a lady, Davis who one day while washing clothes fell into the falls. The fall water dips below the ground into a cave system. Her body was found several days later. Metteyya said the falls were also known as the water to Neverland because the water disappears into the cave system. We went to the other side of the road and walked down to the cave opening where the falls began. It was quit pretty but again a lot of people and the garbage collected at the bottom of the falls were unbelievable! It’s such a shame that the culture accepts pollution as a way of life. I think my favourite part of the afternoon was watching two kids play table tennis outside near the cave entrance. They used bricks for the net and seemed to be enjoying the moment entirely.
Late afternoon Elsa, Keith, Cornelia, Sam, Joyce and I along with our four guides set off for our Trek from Pokhara to Dhampus.The views of the valley were spectacular and the Himalayas pocked out from behind the clouds at various times of the trip. We walked through multiple small villages and introduced ourselves to many local villagers who were fascinated with us as the route was not known to many tourists. At the 4 hour mark we stopped in one of the small villages for a cup of tea. It was the best cup of tea ever! After climbing 500 meters or more and already having a full day of activities, that small gesture of kindness made me want to hug all the village people.
We spent the last hour of the hike in the dark which was actually a treat because it was a full moon so the path was partly lite by moonlight. The Himalayas outlined by the moons raise was majestic. I was exhausted at this point but mustered just enough energy to take in a mental picture of the silhouette of a temple on to moon light.