Annapurna- Day 17
It's day 17 and you know what that means, two things- yes I'm wearing the same clothes for 17 days now and also it's New Year's Eve! Our aim was to leave Ghasa and walk 4hrs to Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepali) where we would spend New Year's Eve with friends in the local hot springs we couldn't wait for. It was day 2 trekking in my sandals and it proved rather tricky as the rocky trail went up, down and around the cliffs. Still, I managed to pass the group who left an hour before us, which was nice! We passed by a few villages and by early afternoon I was the first to reach Tatopani. We got a triple room in Dhaulagiri Lodge which was recommended to us and after a cold shower (didn't cafe at this stage, water was water), I got ready for the hot springs! We met a few there Trekkers there and after having some yummy cheap veggie momos nearby, we had a beer at the local Bob Marley restaraunt for their happy hour.
It wasn't long before we necked our beers and free popcorn before heading to grab our towels and spend the evening in the hot springs. It was 100rps ($1) to enter the hot springs and we spent a good few hours there chatting to all the other Trekkers and drinking local beer! It was so relaxing! We bumped into familiar faces from days passed and we planned to party the night away for New Year's Eve!
After the hot springs we went back to the guests house, drank some whiskey and a bunch of us decided to gab or flashlights and break out of our locked guest house through the fence in order to find a party. And sure enough we did- A camp fire party with our trekker friends from earlier! The porters danced around the hot fire, while we all sang and passed a bottle of whiskey around. When it struck midnight we all drunkingly wished each other a Happy New Year! It was so random but so incredibly nice to be spending New Years in the Himalayas with these bunch of awesome characters from around the world! We laughed and had fun for a wee while after that until we one by one retreated to bed! I wondered how our plan to hike 1700m up the mountain tmro would go... Or would it!
Happy 2015 wonderful Worldtravellerz, thank you for everything!