Published: July 18th 2008July 13th 2008
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Second day in Lamatar... We woke up bright and early and went for a hike up the mountain behind us. The goal was to get a nice view of the whole valley but it was foggy and partway up it started pouring! We went basically straight up the mountain and then across part of the top and then down again. Going up we went slow, but it was good because of the elevation. At the top we had a break for noodles because breakfast had only been tea and a small piece of bread. The noodles were spicy and delicious! Maybe just because we were really hungry, but they were perfect! I think that was the first time I've been hungry on this trip!
Hiking in the fog was interesting. When you stop and just look out into the fog it seems like everything is getting further and further away. None of us had ever experienced that from fog before but since we were all seeing it I'm pretty sure we weren't just going crazy...but you never know I guess.
We also had our first experience with Nepalese leeches! They're tiny so they're hard to see when they're on you. We avoided getting bitten for the most part but a couple of us got 1-2 bites. The bites don't hurt or itch or anything so it's not really a big deal to get bitten, it just bleeds for a while because they inject you with anti-coagullants (however you spell that).
We got a good taste of what our trek is going to be like: straight uphill in the pouring rain with tons of leeches! But once you're wet it doesn't even matter if it's raining and it's actually really nice because then it's not as ridiculously hot! So I don't mind the rain.
Then in the afternoon back to Thamel (Kathmandu) for a last night at the Yeti Guesthome before Chitwan!