On to Ghoropani and Tadopani

From Tatopani we climbed towards Ghoropani. We only got as far as Shikha village before a thunderstorm hit, so stopped there for the night. Next day we climbed to Ghoropani where, arriving early, we were able to get some washing done. Next morning (21 April) we were up at 4.30am to watch the sunrise over Poon Hill. We descended for breakfast before setting out for Tadopani, feeling very energetic and running through the rhododendron forest.

Mountains, forest, terraced fields, a scene that conveys a sense of harmony between man and nature

Mountains, forest, terraced fields, a scene that conveys a sense of harmony between man and nature

Climbing through rhododendron forest to Ghoropani

Climbing through rhododendron forest to Ghoropani

Machapuchare at sunrise, and on the other side, Manang. A reflection on how far we had come, both physically and inwardly

Machapuchare at sunrise, and on the other side, Manang. A reflection on how far we had come, both physically and inwardly

The hunger for firewood to feed trekkers, keep them warm, and these days to provide hot showers. We can’t keep taking this for granted. Perhaps the wisdom of the Pakha Sukjai village leaders is needed here (see post from 20 February, 2007, “Lena’s 18th birthday”) with trekkers required to plant a tree for every day they are in Nepal. I don’t just mean giving money for tree planting, I mean being required to pay for and plant trees in the local communities that they trek through.

The hunger for firewood to feed trekkers, keep them warm, and these days to provide hot showers. We can’t keep taking this for granted. Perhaps the wisdom of the Pakha Sukjai village leaders is needed here (see post from 20 February, 2007, “Lena’s 18th birthday”) with trekkers required to plant a tree for every day they are in Nepal. I don’t just mean giving money for tree planting, I mean being required to pay for and plant trees in the local communities that they trek through.

More beautiful views after another afternoon downpour

More beautiful views after another afternoon downpour

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