Almost ready for the trekking in Annapurna

Almost ready for the trekking in Annapurna

Sept. 26, 2010

I wrote this in September 2010 while I was in Nepal, I have updated it and translated into English.

So, tomorrow is the day. We will probably leave for the Annapurna Sanctuary trekking. I say “probably” because I slightly turned my ancle this morning, while walking and looking to the sky.

We had to pay 20 dollars to enter the park plus 15 for a “trekking permit”! What is this? I’m already tired at the thought of all that I will have to walk, and I also have to pay? I don’t understand it. Anyway, I don’t really feel like going. There’s a nice hill here near Pokhara, from where you have a nice view of the mountains, but it’s at about two hours from the town centre. I haven’t been yet, it’s too far. And from tomorrow I will be walking 6 hours per day, for 10-12 days. I don’t know why I’m doing it. Well, I do actually. It’s because it seems like you can’t come to Nepal and not doing some trekking. It’s a must. It’s as if you came to Italy and didn’t eat pizza. Sort of. I’ve heard the view from the trek is so beautiful that you don’t feel pain nor tiredness. We shall see. (after I’ve been I can tell you that it’s actually true: it’s one of the best things I’ve done in my life).

I also bought a sleeping bag. I don’t know why I bought it neither. I need it, because the one I have at home is useless, but I could just have rented it for this trek, because I have two more months of travels and I will have to carry it with me, and I don’t have any space left. During the trek the idea is to carry only the small bag, as light as possible, but later I will have to get rid of a sweatshirt to make room for the sleeping bag.

There’s a weird smell, of something burning. I don’t know if it’s from the kitchen or from the wire of my notebook…

I’m drinking a Nepalese tea. Not bad, but I prefer the “sweet tea” we had in Tibet. Not the yak butter milk tea, that I totally dislike, but the sweet tea, that is good. Ok, I’m going to inform the Italian embassy of my itinerary.

See you soon.

P.S. I found out there’s no Italian embassy in Nepal. I informed the embassy in India. Good night!

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