1.21.2018

My solo trekking in Langtang fundraising for Child Rescue Nepal 4. From Lama Hotel to Mundo

Image may contain: sky, cloud, outdoor and natureA cold early morning, and the path is all in the shadow, following the river across the forest, penetrating in the upper part of Langtang Valley by steep stone stairs and offering the first view of the high peaks covered in snow. The voice of the river is loud while we walk along its flown, dotted of huge rocks, rapids and waterfalls. The roaring becomes a whisper when the path takes a detour in the forest to baypass an arduous point. 
Image may contain: sky, tree, cloud, outdoor and natureSuddenly the landscape changes, the vegetation is sparse, made more of bushes than trees, the mountains rise in front of us, superb, and I can clearly see the big landslide. Actually, I'm walking on it, on a barely visible path cutting the messy mass of rocks, gravel and dirt. I look up, from where it fell down, keeping walking, and I look down to the river, white of foam and intense blue...
Image may contain: mountain, sky, outdoor and natureThere is a tea house just after the landslide and here we eat our dhal bhat. There is a boy, 19 years old, coming from the Solukhumbu to work as a cook in the trekking season, that's almost over. Rai round faced, dark haired and almond eyed, with pronounced cheekbone and a white large smile, he looks like Jaya. 
Image may contain: one or more people, mountain, sky, outdoor and natureAccording to my schedule this should be Ghora Tabela (2970m). We climb a little more and we reach the place of the old Langtang village. The new one has been built a little further and I can see it, just beyond the huge tongue of debris that's the tomb of more than 200 people. The earthtraque happened at midday, when families were gathered for lunch: several strong shakes, no time to react. "We are sleeping in the next village if you don't mind, ten minutes away" Jaya says "there is a brand new guest house, really beautiful and confortable." At night he will confess he doesn't like sleeping in Langtang, "over the deads". 
Image may contain: mountain, sky, outdoor and natureThe sun is shining, bright and hot. A mules convoy passes rising the dust, urged by the rude yells of too young caravan boys who ignore our greeting, apparently unhappy, probably sad. It's a hard life, that hardens the soul.
Image may contain: sky, mountain, cloud, outdoor and nature  Langtang (3430m) is the headquarter of the Langtang National Park so I get my trekking permit checked and stamped. The official comes from the South of Nepal, Indian border: he's darker and looking like a Bengali. He's sitting ouside the office listening to the music diffused by a smartphone, and it isn't a typical Nepali song but something like Pakistani. The moon is already shining in the sky, the sun is setting when we arrive in Mundo and I'm glad to sit by the fire in the cosy kitchen.
Image may contain: shoes, outdoor and natureThe Golden Holiday's Guest House is really beautiful, Jaya was right. After the earthquake all buildings had to be fixed and many were completely destroyed, but Langtang people didn't give up and now they offer some of the most confortable lodges in Nepal. This one is relatively small but the rooms are very large and with attached bathroom: something priceless in the cold himalayan night! It's very clean also and well organised, with a large dinning room, the food is delicious and the view is stunning. Moreover Sonam Tamang and family are absolutely lovely. If you plann a trekking in Langtang you should definitely stay here! They don't have a site or e-mail but their phone number is 009741414900... or you just ask your guide. 
Image may contain: mountain, sky, outdoor and natureSitting in the kitchen by the fire I observe the misstress who's working on a wooden scarf with four crochet hooks. "We use only two!" I say, "With two it's too easy!" she proudly smile. Meanwhile her housband is cooking some potatos for the family dinner and I suggest we can just eat the same, as we are the only guests. And so we do. Before we go to sleep we drink some cups of tea chattering and looking at the making of our breakfast: chapati dough get prepared and wrapped in a blanket, ready for the next morning.
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TO BE CONTINUED

Read also Part 1 HERE part 2 HERE and Part 3 HERE.

Remember that you are still in time to DONATE to Child Rescue Nepal at this link HERE.

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