Today was Day 3 of the trek and our wait was to get from germ to a small colourful mountain village called Tal. We left our cosy guest house after having a substantial breakfast to keep us going for the day. We had a varied day of up and down cliffs, through very rocky terrain alongside the powerful river below, up uneven rocky steps and across dodgy suspension bridges. We hiked uphill on the main road for about 3 hours before reaching Chamje, another small mountain town with a view of yet another amaIng waterfall! We had met a Scottish man named Nick who we chatted to along the road. He had come down from Manang where there was too much snowfall to cross Thorong La pass (5500m). We had seen a few people turn back and we hopes the snow would be gone by the time we got there next week. Nick offered to pick up my headband which I had dropped along the way, and leave it for me to collect in Pokhara. He also mentioned the great natural marijuana which he had been picking along the way in the wild. In Chamje we took a break for lunch and stocked up on veggie fried noodles and some tea before heading on the last but of the trek to Tal.
The trek then took up tonnes and tonnes of steps, through rainforest terrain and through more small 'villages' and makeshift huts build into the mountainside and even under giant boulders. I wondered how they could feel safe living under these huge unstable rocks. But hey, it's Nepal. We walked and walked uphill and sweated and sweated as we gathered every ounce of energy from the noodles to get us up the never ending rocky stairs/trail that would eventually lead us up and out to a view of Tal situated below us. When we finally reached the top we then descended down, with our goats in tow (they literally stopped and started with us as we hiked, as if we were herding them). Tal was a cute and colourful town on a flat surface surrounded by huge mountains and a fast flowing river. We got a beautiful room for free yet again, with hot showers and free wifi once we are or meals there. I think she was disappointed when I only ordered an omelette but David are for both of us. After having a hot shower again (im afraid they'll run out along the way), I out on whatever clean clothes I had from my small stash and got cosy for the night. I was excited for yet another great nights sleep- they had blankets :)
Tmro we would head 7hours onwards to Chame. Time to let the feet rest and recover for that.