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Nepal: Annapurna Base Camp Trail - 9
The final day and a long walk out. It happened to be one of the highlights of the trip. Whereas normally, the route out should have meant a climb up to Ghandruk, various illnesses and injuries meant we took a different lower route along the steep banks of the Modi Khola (river). We passed through terraces of paddy fields and millet, seeing the Nepal I had imagined, with locals working their crops, and going about their daily routine.
For some reason, I failed to take any photos of the scenery! Perhaps it was because I was so engrossed in it, or because I was maintaining a good pace. I now began to realise why athletes trained at higher altitude, as I was in my element walking this route feeling stronger than when I had started eight days ago. I could have quite easily have carried on for another week!
We hooked up with the official trail once again, descending the steep steps to Syauli Bazar (1220m) where we had lunch.
From this final stop on, we began to notice the traces of urban civilisation appearing. Birethanti and our final destination, Nayapul, were a bigger shock this time around. The squalor and filth had been barely noticeable thanks to the view of the mountains on day one, but after 8 days in the hills, it was a rude awakening.
The bus was already there to meet us and whisk us back to Pokhora. We'd done it, but a part of me wished it could have gone on for longer!
Anyone who happens to read my ramblings will notice that the posts had dried up over the past four months. Fear not, I am still alive and very well! My attention to the blog has been remiss as I have been embroiled and a little overwhelmed by a special project that has now reached its conclusion and I am happy to announce here!
The law condemns the man or woman Who steals a goose from off a common: But lets the greater villain loose Who steals the common from the goose.
A rambler ascending from Belstone with the intention of reaching the summit of Cosdon, will likely pass a fine granite post close to the boundary wall of Skaigh known as Ska Corner (Grid SX 63307 93312). Closer inspection will reveal the intriguing inscriptions 'SZ1' and 'DC1’.