Landruk to Pothana

The day started with relatively clear skies and good views across the valley where the ak, ak, ak of a rock breaker starts off first thing in the morning. To the locals this is progress to me it’s just environmental destruction. I understand people like to be able to travel to and from their homes easier than having to take a three-day walk but road building in Nepal is always done with zero environmental safeguards and not a lot of engineering either. The result is normally that during the monsoon large sections of road slip down the hill and take everything below with them.

 

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Road building Nepali style.

 

The weather deteriorated rapidly once I got walking and soon clouds rolled in. The trail climbs to a pass where I was planning to stop for lunch and the higher I went the thicker the clouds got then it started to rain. Damn, I don’t like walking in the rain my glasses fog up so I can’t see, the path gets muddy and the rocks get slippery. I put my rain gear on and keep walking. Not much choice it’s at least another hour to the nearest village. Just before I get there I meet a Swede who has slipped over and is covered in mud. Luckily he is otherwise alright. We slide into Pothana and seek shelter in the nearest lodge.

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