That was what I was naming this post in my head for the morning portion of Day1 of trekking. Where you wonder what in the world you were thinking and also why you would once again believe what someone from a "yes" country says. That's what I call the countries where it is impolite to ever say no or something bad even if the answer is actually no. Or bad. Because as far as I am concerned, 4000 vertical feet gained on day 1? Frickin torture. That doesn't even scratch the surface of the feet we wet down. For the first number of hours all climbs had an equivalent down. It made me want to cry.
|The very start - looks innocent enough. Our first destination is the mountains in the upper right.|
The guy from the trekking company who provided me the guide and itinerary? I believe he said something like "you do not need to be an athlete to trek here. All you need is an open heart and desire for " some bullshit or another. Are you kidding me? I completed a half marathon four weeks ago and thought I might actually not be able to complete trekking Day 1 on more than one occasion.
Now mind you, I have gotten a bit out of shape. I trained for a half marathon right before I left but haven't since exercised once except for yoga and in fact anti exercised in Bhutan where I was prior to Nepal. (Flashback to Bhutan for a moment or two) Two weeks in a bus every day, most of the day. This is what photography tours consist of. Our photo group did one hike and I had a sinus infection so only did about a third of it. Have you ever eaten EVERY SINGLE meal three times a day for nearly two weeks at a buffet? I now have! Cross that off the bucket list. Not only that but the Bhutanese are a strong and very hard-working people, so they need a lot of fat and carbs to keep going. Understandable. Tourists on a bus all day? Do not need buffet food high in white carbs drenched in oil as it turns out. Perhaps my new bus butt will come in handy as a caloric reserve for this trek?
|The first village - maybe 15 minutes in.|
However, once I got my breathing pattern ironed out after only about four hours, which originated from some fantastic advice Atlanta gave me about running (you need to take in more oxygen than you exhale), the afternoon was not nearly as bad as the morning. I just had my guide chhabi's voice in my head - slowly, slowy. And we trudged on.
|Kids in the first village - and last we would see until the end.|
Unfortunately we were not alone and in fact there were some huge groups ahead of us and coming back down from the later days of the trek (this first part is an out and back) so the place we were supposed to stay had no beds. And the place a little lower didn't either. And the last hope place said they didn't but asked a very nice German woman Monica, likely my age, if she would share with me and she did. And so I didn't have to sleep out back in some ratty broken tent or on the dining room floor. On the way up I had thought to myself I will literally sleep anywhere tonight. Turns out I did not exactly mean that!
Funny thing was people who arrived after me got rooms. I thought they didn't have any? Well what they meant was I have no room for you, but if you are three people, I have a room for you. My guide only after the fact explained that because I am only one person, they don't want to give me a room if they can get three people into it. Assuming I can trust chhabi's promise, this will be the only night for room contention. The other areas have many more places to stay. Let's hope!! (editor's note: thatwas not the only night this was an issue)