One of the most enduring memories I have of the trek in Nepal was the unbelievable scenery. One could almost have taken a photo every step of the way. Towards the end of the trek, when breathing and the physical effort was less demanding, I did pause frequently to soak up the great scenery and to take photos. Now, some nine months later, looking at these photos amazes me still. To think I was actually there and saw those wonderful mountains.
As we walked along we passed many lodges. These varied in size from a few rooms through to some with thirty or more rooms. The standard of the buildings varied greatly too, from dilapidated, tired buildings desperately in need of a lick of paint and some major repairs through to new looking, very inviting, well maintained lodges. One that caught my eye from a photographic viewpoint was the evocatively named Yak and Yeti Lodge. We didn’t stop there so I know nothing about it. Made a lovely photo however.
As we approached the village of Monjo we could hear a very musical chinking sound coming up the valley. It was a building site with dozens of labourers chipping away at the rocks shaping them into building bricks. Like so many things in Nepal, building sites are very labour intensive.
After the steep drop down the valley from Namche Bazar we followed the river valley through to the village of Monjo. Here the walking was generally easier and I was able to relax fully for the first time since the trek had begun. It was also the longest day of trekking as we went from Namche Bazar all the way ot Phakding, stopping only at Monjo for lunch.
By now I was developing a rhythm of walking for a few minutes, then stopping for a photograph or to take in the surroundings. I was far more relaxed and able to enjoy everything I saw. I no longer attempted to keep up with the others in the trekking group but set my own pace. The breathing was also getting far easier as we lost altitude.
- Trekking down from Namche Bazar – excerpts from my journal written during my trek.
- Trekking towards Phakding, Nepal – further excerpts fom my travel journal written during the trek.
When you go trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal expect to cross a few suspension bridges. If you don’t like suspension bridges, then I suggest you go somewhere else for your holiday. Suspension bridges are a part of life in the mountains of Nepal. Without them, trekking would be so much more difficult, and in some places, impossible. A great deal of effort has been expended over the years in establishing a safe and secure method of crossing the rivers and deep gullies in this region.
I did not realise how high some of these bridges were at the time. It was only when I returned home and looked at photos like the one above that I realised some of them were very high above the rocks and water.
None of the bridges really worried me, but I was still a little cautious crossing them. Overall, I regarded it as all part of the Great Adventure.