Trekking Annapurna Sanctuary, Nepal: Day 6 – Bamboo to Deurali

See the Nepal page for links to all posts related to this trip.

Written November 2, 2012

Bad night last night with more digestive difficulties. Either I didn’t get rid of the bug or the altitude meds are playing havoc on my system. We’re ascending today so I can’t stop taking them now. Took another round of Cipro but I don’t know if it’ll do any good at this point.

After the usual breakfast, fried eggs and a pancake for me and some chapati-type bread for Don, we head out just before 8AM. Laxmi says it’s just five hours walking slowly to Deurali. The first part, through the bamboo forest, is damp and much colder than it has been.

Trekking Annapurna ABC - Bamboo to Deurali

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The trail rises steadily with fewer steep sections and is pretty packed this morning.  It isn’t until just before Himalaya that the forest opens up and we’re out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below.

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Past Himalaya it’s a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here you can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is more sparse, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. We pass several tributaries over log and grass bridges. The traffic remains heavy.

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The owner of the Panorama Guest House has a broad smile full of white teeth. The sunny terrace has the promised “panoramic” views of the cliffs, a smallish waterfall and the rushing river below. It doesn’t feel quite as cold as the damp bamboo forest and it’s delightful to be somewhere dry again.

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In the small dining room I play spoons with the girls. They get a great kick out of playing over and over again as fast as they can. Laxmi has the giggles and is a bit loopy. She says it’s from drinking too much ginger tea, a remedy she uses for the cold/cough she has come down with.

Trekking Annapurna ABC - Bamboo to Deurali (1)  As the sun sets the fog rolls in up the valley.

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3 Responses to Trekking Annapurna Sanctuary, Nepal: Day 6 – Bamboo to Deurali

  1. Pingback: Trekking Annapurna Sanctuary – Was It Worth It? | Cooking in Tongues

  2. janine says:

    my sixteen year old daughter is currently on an almost identical trek with her school. this blog is a wonderful way to see where she is and feel connected.

    great pictures, thank you!

    • baidanbi says:

      Janine, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a comment. It’s such a treat to hear why someone is interested in a post. What an amazing experience for your daughter. I’m sure she is having the time of her life! I know I did 🙂

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