We’ve done it! We arrived walking tall and strong – but dirty and weary – into Tumlingtar (400 metres) just a shade before noon today. And suddenly our trek is done. Tendi, Dendi and Puri were just as happy as we!
It always comes as a bit of a shock. Here that shock is accentuated by the vehicle traffic and a small airport. The airport is immediately across the road from our hotel. Several planes have come and gone while we’ve devoured lunch and two really large beers!
I said hotel – did I you notice? We are staying in what will likely be a proper hotel but at the moment it is only partly completed. There is however an en-suite bathroom with a western style toilet and a sink with a tap, and cold running water. There is also a shower with minimal cold water pressure and no hot water. Considering the heat that isn’t really a hardship. The staircase is rough unfinished concrete, no railings of course. The dining room leaves much to be desired, but as you will have gathered by the influx of blogs, there is internet. Slow poor connection though so pictures are still awaiting! I promise some will come eventually!
Out last morning continued along the gently undulating road and for some time along the rocky shore of the Arun Nadi. It was muggy and sweaty so we stopped twice for “Dew” breaks. What? Instead of tea we each had cold Mountain Dews. Much needed refreshment.
For the most part, our walk took us through farm land. Rice paddies with a generous component of chickens (ubiquitous) goats, cattle, water buffalo, and pigs. There was also a large troupe of monkeys. Handsome with their white ruffs around their black faces, they were scrambling around in some trees at the edge of the jungle, no doubt awaiting the opportunity to raid some of those nice young rice seedlings.
Unfortunately this part of Nepal is quite squalid. Seems to go hand in hand with the proximity to India. (Probably not a politically correct comment but it is what we see.)
So here we are in dirty (but not disgustingly so) Tumlingtar.
Our trail trials are behind us.
This was an epic journey.
We’ve decided to call it “Kim and Marianne’s Four Pass Trek.” The reality is that it will take us some time and reflection to really progress what we’ve just accomplished. We feel the pride. We feel exhausted. We are pleased to have been off the tourist highways, but realize that freedom came with a pretty steep price in terms of comfort. Now we’ve done it neither of us would try it again. It was simply too damn hard. It was also incredible.
I’m glad we had the naivety to attempt this route because had we known what it would encompass I think neither of us would have had the courage to take it on.