Chamche, 1400m, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal.
It felt so good to be finally on the road, after travelling for more than 3 days. We felt energised!
Because they have been converting the original Annapurna trail into a jeep road, we had already decided to follow alternative trails as much as we could. The so called NATT (New Annapurna Trekking Trails), which we could easily find with the ROUTE YOU app. But even if you don’t want to use any map or app, the trail is well marked.
This meant that we crossed the river shortly after leaving the village of Chamche to continue our first hike on the other bank. We walked between almost tropical vegetation, going up and down slopes continuously. It was like the trail said ‘welcome to Nepal’ with his slopes. And they were gorgeous.
Up and down slopes and steps we went all day, in the most ineffective way upward you can imagine. It was like a game of 2 steps up, 1 step back.
In middle of the afternoon, we made it to the nice village of Dharapani, where we chose a guesthouse based upon their enormous poster of a western toilet hanging outside. You have to give it to them; the Nepalese really know Western priorities.
Even though we were trekking in Nepal on the verge of winter, it was still important to wear layers. This first day proved to be very hot in the middle of the day and very cold while we were trying to eat our dinner.
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