Pothana to Phedi

    Rockingthisworld - Nepal - Pothana

    Maria woke up early, as usual, around 5am. The weather had cleared, so she walked out to watch the sunrise. All four of us walked over to a small hill where we yet again had a spectacular view of the Himalaya. A lovely and magical last morning!

    We packed our bags, and by 08:15 ready to start walking through beautiful forests, impressive rice terraces, and Gurung populated villages. We saw several different raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures). The trail went almost purely downhill. Happy times. Despite stopping a lot to take pictures of mountain panoramas and eagles along the way, we reached Phedi at 10:15, a good hour before the “program”. We found some benches and relaxed for a couple of hours while waiting for our own private bus that would take us back to Pokhara. Before we walked the last steep stairs down to Phedi, we enjoyed the last views of Macchapuchhare and Pokhara from Dhampus.

    Phedi means "by the foot of the mountain", and while we ended our trek in Phedi, as one of the gateways to the Annapurna Conservantion Area, it is the starting point. While we bowed our goodbye to the mountains, grateful and in complete aw at everything we had experienced and seen, all the people we had met, we knew that this is not the last time we will be trekking in Nepal.

    The bus ride to Pokhara was comfortable, and only took about 30 minutes. I couldn’t help but shed a tear when let China and Ramji off the bus, before driving to the touristy part of Pokhara to have dinner and do some last minute souvenir shopping before we flew back to Kathmandu. Rarely have I ever met anyone that has touched me so deeply and dearly. Their smiles and laughter will be with me forever.