Annapurna day 4
Writing these blog posts during the trek can be a tad hard sometimes, particularly when so much has happened in your day and the days are so long with so much change. We started out with a big breakfast this morning at our guest house before we left to go from Tal to Chame which would take us around 7 hours and would take us over 1000m in altitude. We had been following the Annapurna guide book that I had been recommended and had bought in Kathmandu which had some great information on the whole trek itself and the side trails to avoid the road. The only downside was that some of the details weren't exactly explained for substance the fact we would fave climbing hundreds of steps up the side of a mountain etc, which we obviously found out once we were on the trail.
The trek from Tal to Karte (where we stopped so Dave could super glue his rented boot back together) was fine and so were the treks to the next few villages. It wasn't until we came to the never ending steps and a very steep ascent that we realised this wasn't always gonna be the case. We followed the trail for hours and hours before we got to a waterfall which we had to cross and with the rocks being to slippy to hop across, I took my boots and socks off and made my way across through the ice cold Himalayan water. It was painful but in a nice way. We then came to Daneque where we stopped for a very late lunch and with the plans to go to Chame completely blown away (it was another 3/4hrs and it was already late afternoon) we decided to carry on to Temang. The road to Temang was one of the biggest challenges yet, and the ascent of over 300m straight up a steep cliff took us through our first glimpses of snow. I struggled up the hill, taking breaks in between and even managed to slip on a rock and soak my boots and socks, trying to pass a waterfall. I stopped to change them but the boots were soaked through. Neveetheless, we made it to Temang in an hour when it was supposed to be 2hrs. With the amazing mountains right up close to us and views to absolutely die for, we headed up and up until we passed Temang and decided to walk as far as possible until the sun went down (which was a spectacular orange/bright pink show for us over the snow capped mountains). We finally got to Thomchouk, a village with a beautiful mountain view, where we stopped at the first cabin lodge we saw. We once again got a free cabin room and said we would order meals there tonight and the next morning.
Lucky for me I got a double bed and extra blankets and they even had a fire going where I could dry my socks and boots overnight. I hoped that would work! We had an amazing meal while our feet warmed by the coal fire and we discussed tomorrow's plans. Today we had ascended 1000m which I was so bloody proud of! At times I felt so weak and thought I couldn't go on, but with a goal in mind and a few breaks to keep me motivated, I carried on and I made it to 2600m. Tomorrow will be a hard day and we will ascend another 1000m to 3600m where we will start to feel the effects of the altitude change.
Wish me luck and hopefully tomorrow I'll have reached Ghyuru and haven't given up lol.
Peace x (PS- the view from this high up is enough to keep me going, it's spectacular)