Sulligadh ➡️ Chepka ➡️ Rechi
Wednesday, 23rd October 2019
We woke up at 5 and started getting ready. We took out some extra things that we would not not require during our trek and put them in two of our bags. We left those two extra bags at the hotel, so that we could have the option to carry the rest of the bags turn by turn.
By 6am we were all ready. We had to get a pass for each person to enter the Psey phoksundo national reserve. Each pass costs Rs 100 NRS for Nepalese citizens. We got our passes and started our trek at 6:30 am. The trails took us along the banks of bheri river. One could see rock beds under crystal clear water of bheri river even from great heights.
The narrow trails took us through the rocky mountains, lush green forests, pine trees, across the bheri river via a number of suspension bridges and many man made wooden bridges built by the locals. The beauty of the trail kept increasing the further we walked.
We took small breaks to re-energize ourselves with chocolates and snacks. We had the natural Bheri river water to drink.
After trekking for about 7 hours we reached Chepka. It is one of the major stop for most of the trekkers as most of them stop here for the night and move forward the next morning. But we had planned to walk the whole day and may be even at night in order to reach Ringmo(where Phoksundo lake is situated) in one day to complete our trip as soon as possible.
But after reaching chepka most of us were already tired and realised it would be very difficult for us to walk till the lake but we couldn't stop at Chepka as it would increase the number of days to our trip. So we had noodles and omelette for lunch which took almost 1hours and gave enough rest to our legs and then we left for Rechi at 2:30 pm.
The trail from Chepka to Rechi was a long and tiring one. After walking for about 2 hours the trail started to become more difficult and with more steep climbs. After walking till 6pm we were so exhausted that we wanted to stop any moment. It was already dark and we had no idea how far was Rechi. We kept walking,walking and walking for another half an hour, then we saw some lights glowing in a village which brought smile to our faces. Finally we reached Rechi at 6:35 pm. We were so tired that some of didn't want to have dinner but just sleep but eventually everyone did have dinner.