Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking (Day 5: Back to Civilization)
Nepali celebrates Deepawali (Tihar) – festival of lights over 5 days. Today is the last day and we were wishing our Nepali friends happy Deepawali. Each day the subject of worship is different:
Day 1: Kag Tihar (crow)
Day 2: Kukur Tihar (dog)
Day 3: Gai Tihar (cow), then follow by worshipping the Goddess Laxmi
Day 4: Goru Tihar (oxen)
Day 5: Bhai Tika where sisters put tika on the foreheads of brothers, a form of blessing for health and protection.
Our lead guide AJ was receiving the ‘puja’ ceremony on the trek. We were sorry that he couldn’t be with his family during the festival. If you are interested in trekking in Nepal region, you can contact AJ Dharel on his facebook https://www.facebook.com/Ajay.dharel?fref=ts. I will share the weblink once it is ready.
We trekked from Chomorong to a jeep station at Siwai, then took the bumpy ride (still better than another 3 hours walk) to Nayapul.
Our bus has been waiting to take us back to Pokhara (=civilization, where we can get proper hot shower). One interesting ritual we have been observing was Nepali like to gather in small group, dancing and singing, and try their very best to get passer-by to donate money. So our bus was stopped numerous times by the teenagers and kids who are celebrating their Deepawali, asking for small donation. Very interesting ritual.
Our last day the of Poon Hill (Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek) ends with low land terrains.
The terrain and vegetation gradually changed while we are descending to ~1,600m.
We came across more streams along the way.
I am using different camera (not Olympus) on Day 5, thus you may notice the difference in the picture colours and clarity.
I use this Lumix FZ200 for its super zoom (F2.8 at 600mm) and as a spare camera.
All the mountain peaks shots were taken with this point and shoot camera. My Olympus camera I only use prime lens (12mm) thus cannot zoom (I am too lazy to bring another zoom lens).
I am getting used to working within constraints and with what I got. If fact this camera stopped working for at Kathmandu. It is good to have weather sealed camera like Olympus OMD.
In a way, I think my illness and trouble with my knee (still swollen now) and toes (2 toe nails turned black) was a form of blessing. I made me more aware of every breath and every step that I took during this trek. I will be recovering soon and cherish the challenges life throwing at me.
If it is merely a walk in the park, I would properly appreciate lesser of what Himalaya has to offer. Dhanyabad to our superb guide and porters, and the fellow trekkers. I am grateful of everything I experienced in this trip.