Tibetan Bread and Baby Goats
This morning on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, I woke up to the sound of pouring rain. I felt comforted in my cozy room at the home stay I was staying at. When I eventually peeled myself out of bed, the Nepalese family was already up and about, working in the garden. A few of the hiking crew were up too. Ryan had woken up at the crack of dawn to realize that his clothes he had hung to dry had been torn off in the night by the strong winds and blown into the fields. He quickly ran out into the fields – in the pouring rain -to find his clothes. During his search he accidentally brushed against the wrong plants and now had a stinging rash. Needless to say, he wasn’t having the same relaxing morning as the rest of us.
Usually we wake up, eat breakfast and get on the road by about 6:30 a.m. This morning however, we were officially on Nepalese time. I guess when you live on the side of a mountain in the middle of nowhere you live a slow-paced lifestyle – very slow-paced.
As the wife was making us breakfast – Tibetan bread spread with their own made honey – I tried to embrace how stress free and laid back their lifestyle was. Eventually, the Westerner in me could only take so much and after watching her, at a snail’s pace ,make each individual piece of bread at a time – it became painful to watch. You could tell the others were struggling too.
After what seemed like an eternity, we all shoved our delicious and warm Tibetan bread into our mouths as we sat around the fireplace. It was about 11 a.m. by the time we thanked them for their hospitality and got back to trekking. I thought that I would have loved to have stayed a week here, but after just one morning I realized that I need more stimulation.
Moments into the day’s trek we ran into some goats. There were two adorable baby goats and my heart just melted at the sight of them. While I was swooning over the baby goats. Ryan helped the owner of the goats with a problem that the largest goat was having. Ryan held large goat by the horns while the owner pulled something out of it’s hoof…or eye? Honestly, I was so transfixed on the baby goats that I can’t remember what was wrong with the big one.
Once again we came to a fork in the road. We decided to be adventurous take the road less traveled – and it was brutal! We found ourselves on a trail with a steep incline. I might as well have rock-climbed. Talk about a burn!
Once we got back on the main road we continued on until we reach Kurong where we stopped for lunch. Lunch took forever to be served.
Pro tip: Try not to stop for lunch if you don’t have to – Nepalese take forever to cook and serve you. If you can continue on just snacks alone do this, or order something in the morning with breakfast to take with you. If you do want to stop for lunch, try to get everyone to order the same thing because this will allow them to prepare it faster.
After lunch our journey continued on through pine trees. Many of the trees were destroyed by landslides – which was a bit unsettling.
Once again, we decided to take another secondary road (I know, you think we would have learned by now). This time, the secondary road actually turned out to be quite beautiful! We don’t think that this was technically part of the Annapurna Circuit trail, but instead a path used by locals. Either way it was definitely the more scenic route!
We finally ended they day in Chame, the biggest town we would come across while trekking the Annapurna Circuit. It was quite the change from the home stay we were at the night before, here we had wifi and hot showers!
Total Daily Distance: 16 km