Annapurna Circuit: Besisahar to Bahundanda (Nepal 3)
Last post: Bus to Besisahar (Nepal 2)
Once again the alarm kicked us out of bed quit early. Come on. It´s or holiday. Isn´t it?
We went to the same place we had the Momos yesterday and ordered a Noodles & Egg dish and the delicious veggies soup. A very good base for trekking. In the restaurant we also met a little smart guy named Rosshan speaking a good English. We had a long conversation took pictures and changed our contact details.
And then we started the trek guided by Rosshan on the first few meters until he reached his school. A lot of kids with school uniforms were walking with us. We had to say Namaste every few meters.
Namaste will guide you all over Nepal. Nama means bow, as means I, and temeans you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”
It felt so good to be on the trek. We decided to walk an alternitive route via the little village Khasur. This not part of the Main Annapurna Circuit and we wanted to see the real life in a small Nepali village. We crossed the first (and for sure not the last) suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi River and walked steep uphill to Khasur. After a meeting with some aggressive water buffalos we arrived there.
The Marshyangdi River is a 150 km long mountain river and it will guide you for a long way on the Annapurna Circuit.
Khasur looks like the time there is standing still. It´s the traditional way of living there. The families share their houses with the animals and it seems like they are all living in peace and harmony. All the residents were smiling to us and saying a friendly Namaste. No angry face or suspicious glances.
From Khasur we had a great view down to the valley and the Marshyangdi River. We made a short break and started to walk futher all the way down to the valley. It was an up and down for the rest of the day. We saw green wild parrots and there was always a good view on the landscape.
At the end of the day we had to walk up steep again and after 6 ½ hours walking time we made it to Bahundanda. There was a checkpoint for our permits and after the permits where checked we searched for a small guesthouse. In offseason it´s always possible to bargain. So in the end we slept for free and payed for our dinner and breakfast. Good deal.
After our first Dal Bhat and a cold shower we felt into our sleepingbags.
Dal Bhat refers to a traditional meal which is popular in many areas of Nepal. But it´s also famous in Bangladesh and India. It consists of steamed rice and cooked lentil soup called dal. You also will get some pickles on your plate. This dish will guide you while trekking. You always can have a free extra portion and it gives you the power you need for trekking. In the mountains of Annapurna you will find people which eat Dal Bhat two times a day. For their whole life!
Here is our traditional Dal Bhat recipe!
Next post: Annapurna Circuit: Bahundanda to Tal Village (Nepal 4)