Trekking back to Jomsom

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December 15th 2008
Published: December 15th 2008
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November 8, 2008 Saturday Day 19

Today is the last day of actual trekking - back to Jomsom. And on Sunday we catch a morning flight to Pokara.

We stayed at Hotel Nightingale in Muktanath last night. It’s a rather large hotel and all the rooms were full. Our room door opened off the roof. We met an American expatriate named Susan whose room was also on the roof and was actually set aside as a temple or meditation room. She is on a spiritual quest to Muktinath and was rather pleased with her room. We enjoyed having dinner with her and talking with her about her 15 years of living and traveling in Asia. She studied linguistics and anthropology in California and came to Asia to teach English as a 2nd language after one or two years of working with community organizations in CA. She says she hasn’t returned to the states at all. We talked of life styles and retirement possibilities around the world.

Our trek today took about 5 ½ hours including rests, breaks and waiting for each other. Muktinath to Eklibhatte was pretty steep downhill. I followed Dirga until the cutoff to Jomson vs Kagbeni. That is, until then Dirga waited for me and then we both waited for Bruce and Dilman. After the trail was clear Dirga took off running. I was within sight of him for a while and then lost sight of him. At Eklibhatti I used the toilet and ordered a tea. Bruce and Dirga arrived after another 15 minutes or so. Then I stayed with Bruce because the rest of the way to Jomsom was fairly long and tedious, with wind blowing, sun shining, and sand blowing in our face. I’m a little leg sore but had a pretty good day. Bruce was pretty uncomfortable - his knees and then his whole back started to ache.

After tea at our hotel, the Hotel Majesty, we took a walk to look for a bookstore, but didn’t find much. We had a beer, then a rest in our room and now another beer as I write this and wait for dinner. This is a very pleasant hotel to hang around in.

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