Day 6 October 8th 2014
Dampus to Bhadaure, Nepal
Day two of our 4 day trek. We woke up in Dampus in a super cute guest house with a shower bath combo. This is a pretty standard amenity in the West but in Nepal trekking each guesthouse has different amenity’s and as we will find out on day’s three and four there were no such thing as a shower available!
Cornelia and I woke up to the sun rising over the Annapurna Mountains. As you can see, the views were just as if not more spectacular than those witnessed yesterday, only there were no people around besides villages getting up to perform their morning chores.
The owner of the guesthouse made us all traditional millet pancakes for breakfast! During the trek up to Dampus we saw loads of rice and millet patties! The pancakes were pan fried and served with honey on top! You could also put jam on top but the jam in Nepal is not to my liking, it tastes similar to jello.
The millet grown in Nepal is dark brown which is different than the yellow version we have in Canada. I hope I can re-create these delicious goodies while I get home, only served with Canadian maple syrup, yum!
Our trek went from Dampus to Bhadaure with stops at both the Australian camp (just a mini village on top of one of the foothills but I guess it was an Australian trekking camp way back in the day). Spectacular views! On our way to lunch in Khara we went through Nepali jungle…. Sounds absolutely lovely… And was… minus being attached by dozens of leeches! Yes leeches do exist outside of lakes and rivers! They jump up from the ground and climb onto your shoes and quickly (literally in seconds) climb into your shoes and start sucking your blood… So not a highlight of the trip! I got three on me, one that actually bit but dozens jumped onto me and we pulled them off before they could embed. Keith, on the other hand had 8 embedded!
Millet plant 🙂
For lunch we stopped at a village to have Dhal Bhat and Veg Momo’s! Two traditional Nepali dishes that are both vegan, full of nutrition and flavour and keep you energized for hours! Dhal Bhat is a dish consisting of rice, lentils and whatever vegetables are availible. Veg Momo’s are Nepali dumplings usually filled with cabbage and a variety of spices. It only took 1.5 hours to get our lunch 🙂
Besides that the 5 hour trek was lovely, passed through lots of villages, kids from the towns walking with us and we bumped into a few Korean Trekkers! (For those of you who don’t know, my big brother has been living in Korea for the past 6 years and just got married to a Korean girl, Monica J I was there for the wedding in April). While passing Korean trekkers, I got a chance to use the three words I know in Korean 🙂
The trek was definitely not a breeze, we must have climbed 600 m+ and then descended almost all of it only ascend another 600 m again. Don’t be fooled in thinking that valley treks are easy! The last village we walked through before arriving to our tea house had the best view of the Annapurna’s. There were also a dozen or more children that came to greet us. They were so cute and so interested in our cameras and English. They seemed so happy which was inspiring. Two of our trekking guides sang us a lovely song while resting in this village before heading on to our guest house for the evening. I’ve posted a video of them singing below.
Our tea house in Bhadaure we thought was at the bottom of this hill we were walking down….. turns out our tea house was a good 300+ steps up the mountain from the main village of Bhadaure which was so not ideal after walking for 5 hours. Slow and steady we got to the top, with the inspiration of a few chickens 🙂
The tea house is…rustic, for lack of a better word. In these small villages, planned blackouts occur daily, which is not ideal but adds to the experience. We had no power for most of the evening. The toilets were outside as well as the shower which had no hot water. Cornelia and I opp-ted for the wets ones sponge bath option instead of showering not only outside but with no light, and no heat. Welcome to tea house trekking! Last night’s stay was 5 star compared to this.
Currently the group is sitting around a table in a pitch black dining room lite by candle light. Best part of the day for sure, telling stories and sitting down!