Today we woke up 30 minutes earlier than yesterday morning -at 6:30 a.m.! What is wrong with me – you would think that on vacation I would want to sleep in. We have been ending every day with plenty of daylight left so it’s not like we even need to leave this early. None-the-less, I rolled out of bed at 6:30 a.m. and ordered breakfast. After my warm apple porridge we pulled on our hiking gear and headed out.
Right away, the climb started out very steep. I was so thankful that we had decided to stop where we had yesterday because there was not way that I would have had the energy to complete this part of the hike after a long day of walking. Even with fresh legs it was a challenge.
We took our first break of the day after about an hour and a half of walking, when we reached Jagat. We were all excited to see a sign welcoming us to Jagat because we had ben looking forward to this town since the beginning of the trek – when we heard that there were natural hot springs here. After three days of constant trekking, we were so excited to soak our tired legs in the warm natural water!
We locked our backpacks in the teahouse called New Mountain and then a women who worked there guided us to the hot springs. At first I wondered why we needed a guide, but we soon realized that the hot springs were about a twenty minute walk down the side of a cliff. Great – more hiking.
When we got to the bottom we arrived to see an empty pool covered in gold clay. The woman who had led us down began washing out the pool with a hose. Apparently they hadn’t had visitors in a while.
In the meantime, Pricilla and I walked down to the river, sat on a rock and dipped our feet into the rushing water. The fresh river water was freezing – but somehow still felt amazing on our tired limbs. We sat on a walk taking in the beautiful scenery around us and the roaring river beneath us.
Once the woman finished filling up the pool with the natural hot water we all came running over to test it out. I dipped a toe in – the water was scorching hot! Literally unbearable heat.
It would take hours for the water to cool down to a reasonable temperature so we decided to let go of our dream of relaxing our tired muscles in a beautiful natural hot-spring. We felt awful for the woman who had spent all of this time filling up the pool for us but we just didn’t have the time to wait. We ended up climbing back up the steep mountain side to the tea house and ordered momo’s for lunch. On a positive note, these were the best momos that I had thus far in Nepal!
We changed out of our bathing suites (a.k.a sports bra and shorts) and back into our hiking gear and got back on the road. We headed off of the dirt road and onto the trekkers path. The path we took was beautiful with lush sub-tropical rainforest and trickling streams. This was my favourite part of the trek so far. First delicious momos, and now this!
At one point we passed a massive waterfall and soon after arrived in Chyamche. We decided to stay here because there was a teahouse with a spectacular view of the falls – and hot showers! we couldn’t have picked a better spot to spend the rest of the afternoon.
Total Distance today: 10 km