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Ajinkya Deshmukh
Day 1: Nayapul (1070 m) to Ghandruk (1940 m)Any bus going to Baglung, Beni, Jomsom can drop you on the highway road to Nayapul. Alternatively you can take a taxi or Jeep to go there from Pokhara around 1h30m. You can start the trek at Nayapul itself or go further until Kimche (1640 m) and then walk towards Ghandruk and stay overnight there. There is ACAP checkpost at Birethanti a little further ahead of Nayapul where you need to register the TIMS card and the permit for national park. The walk from Nayapul to Ghandruk is around 5 hours part of which is walk on the dusty jeep trail which isn’t much fun but good nonetheless. Since I was doing this trek on my way back from Mardi Himal trek, I came from Landruk (1565 m), a small village on the opposite mountain than Ghandruk. The trek from there is steep down to the river and then steep upwards. The village of Ghandruk inhabited by the Gurung tribe of Nepal is full of guest houses of all facilities. There are easily around 50 guest houses in Ghandruk and few bakeries too. Since I was coming from Landruk and started early morning to reach Ghandruk by noon. I had my lunch in Ghandruk and kept going further to reach Tadapani (2630 m) before evening and stayed overnight there.
Landruk is a small village in the just opposite side of the Ghandruk village and it is low in altitude. Beautiful view of Annapurna is visible from Landruk but Fishtail hides behind the hill. The weather got cleared after the evening giving us the chance to view some glimpse of mountains along with the twinkling stars. While walking around the village we reached Hotel Moonlight, which was almost at the end of that small village and decided to have dinner there. As we didn't order anything in the hotel where we kept our bags, we thought that won't be a problem but they were disappointed after we informed them that we had dinner somewhere else. We went to the room after having fantastic dinner. As the people of the hotel were dissatisfied with what we did, Sunil was worrying on whether they will give us blankets or not, sleeping on the bed."Will they give blankets to us?" Sunil enquired."Why not? They surely need to." Praches responded.Sunil was still in confusion."What would you do if they didn't give it?" Sunil queried again."We will get the bags and leave to Moonlight." Prachesh replied with confidence.After 10-15 minutes of this dilemma, the hotel staff bought the blankets making everyone happy. We were asleep in few minutes.We will be reaching Chomorong till tomorrow evening after having hot water bath in Jhinu Danda.HOT WATER DIP THEN FREEZING RAINFALLEarly morning view of 'Himchuli', 'Annapurna South' and 'Annapurna I' was enough to make everybody feel fresh and energize for the new day. We left the hotel at around 7:30 and followed a stone covered trail towards the Hotel Moonlight; sometimes the track was through the narrow alley of the classical houses. We had Gurung Bread, Oats and Milk in the Hotel Moonlight before continuing the descent to New Bridge. Listening to the flow of river and capturing the waterfalls as well as different landscapes we crossed the suspension bridge built over Modi River. Very near to the bridge we met two young guys who were dead drunk. One was leading a sheep and other with a small side bag. As the bridge swung while crossing, their discomfort and action became the center of attraction for some time.