#NepalAkuDatang Part 4: Trekking Day 2 – Ghandruk to Pothana
“Ouch… my leg hurts”.
It was only 5:55am when my blackberry’s alarm clock rings and I was so tempted to ignore it and continue to sleep. My friend and I started to feel the after effects of walking for 7 straight hours the day before but we forced ourselves out of our sleeping bags in time to witness the sunrise over the peaks of Annapurna mountains. If you have missed out on the earlier stories on my Nepal trip, click here to re-visit.
At the comfort of our guesthouse’s compound, we waited patiently for the first light to hit the peaks of all the mountains visible from Ghandruk.
Waking up to this view is one of the sweetest moments of my #NepalAkuDatang trip.
Good morning Ghandruk, Good morning Annapurna!
Morning temperature was about 1 degrees and it was quite windy by that didn’t stop us from camwhoring while waiting for breakfast to be prepared.
Breakfast was served at 7am, local gurung bread – a fried bread that some also call Tibetian bread. Served with fried egg and hot chocolate.
The view got better every minute and it was difficult to leave Ghandruk with the skies so clear offering plenty of photo opportunities.
Day 2 of our trekking covers an estimated distance of 15km from Ghandruk to Landruk and Pothana. Normally visitors new to trekking will do this stretch in 2 days but due to the time constraint, we decided to go all the way to Pothana in one day (highlighted yellow in the map below). Estimated trekking time for day 2: 8 hours.
“Semangat Harimau Malaya” to motivate me through the long day.
Good bye Ghandruk, i’ll be back one day, insyaAllah.
The first part of day 2 trek is going all the way down to the level of the river that we saw on day 1. (click here to read about day 1 trekking from Nayapul to Ghandruk).
Going down is not as tough as climbing up those uneven stone steps but it was definitely not a walk in the park.
At times I cannot help but to imagine the possibility of missing a step or stepping on something slippery.
The view throughout the day was nothing short of amazing.
I love the part where we got to observe local communities along the way.
Pit stop #2 marked that we have completed the first 1.5 hours downhill trek. A quick rest before going uphill for a few hours to reach Landruk our lunch stop.
One of the many bridges that we crossed.
The sky was clear and the sun was right up there with temperature around 25 degrees making the uphill task a bit tougher for us newbies.
After about 3 hours of going up on the stone steps, we finally reached Landruk. Roughly 5 hours after leaving Gnadruk.
Landruk is a pretty village. It has awesome views of the mountains and the houses are nicely organised to give everyone a chance to enjoy the view.
Lunch is served. Egg Curry and Rice. Sedih tak?
After about 1.5 hours lunch break, we continued our trekking towards the next village, Deuralli.
A combination of relaxing uphill walk and those ‘never-ending’ steep stone steps.
Passing through a small village where locals were enjoying a nice game of volleyball.
Azrul (@azrulRA) met up with a little fan. She followed us for a good couple of KMs with no signs of feeling tired.
Maddhu, our guide cheering us up by showing us the national flower.
At times it felt so difficult and after 7 hours of walking we started to take a more frequent time-outs.
Deuralli… finally. Our last pitstop before reaching the destination for day 2, Pothana.
We spent quite some time chatting with the locals in Deuralli and meeting other trekkers from other parts of the world while enjoying a cup of hot ginger lemon.
The last stretch, a 45-minute walk in the park from Deuralli to Pothana.
Finally, after 9.5 hours of trekking, we made it to Pothana just before it gets dark.
Our guesthouse was small and very basic with no electricity nor heater but it felt like Shangri-la after a long day being under the sun.
A victory dinner – Dhal Bhat, a traditional Nepali staple food consisting of steamed rice and cooked lentil soup dal.
Day 2 of our trekking adventure (3rd day of #NepalAkuDatang trip) ended with a personal achievement of completing the 15km trek from Ghandruk to Pothana. For many experienced trekkers, it might be an easy task but for both of us who rarely exercise and always busy with work, it was a personal achievement and a motivation to come back and do this again.
If you missed any of my earlier #NepalAkuDatang stories, click here to check it out.
Interested to Trek in Nepal? I strongly recommend Trekking Team Prvt Ltd. Leave a comment below and I’ll hook you up with them. Also if you enjoy this story and the photos, do leave some feedback below as well.
Our adventure resumes on day 3 as we complete our Ghandruk loop trek and return to Kathmandu… (to be continued).