Not a metaphor…a statement of fact. Four more days of descent, and after the exertions of the past few days, its quite nice to be going down. Easier (arguably), but not without its challenges. Leaving Khopra on a beautiful sunlit morning, the next few days will take us through forest and woodland, although the Himalayas will still make brief cameo appearances through forest clearings…and on three of the four remaining days, another starring role at the end of the day.
So…Khopra to Chitre….mostly looks like this.
Why sleep with the curtains drawn when you can wake up to this! (And for the photographers amongst you, this was taken ‘in the style of’ Uta Barth. Click here if you want to know what I’m on about, and draw your own conclusions… Warning. I was writing a load of pretentious crap a couple of years ago!!)
Time for tea before heading off to Ramche.
And once again the value of having a guide with local knowledge becomes apparent. This time for culinary purposes. As we travel through the forest, Amman collects around 2kg of mushrooms, which will end up as part of our evening meal. (When you consider that I’m paying around 400 rupees for ½ kg of these mushrooms in Kathmandu, you begin to appreciate the value of free food).
And then, suddenly the landscape changes, as we emerge from the woods. The hillside is a mass of terracing, interspersed with small settlements, with seemingly every available piece of land turned over to crops. Ramche is a Magur village, and we’re staying with a family, in a home stay. In addition to generating additional revenue for the family, it does enable us to experience ‘home cooking’, and watch the meal being prepared in the kitchen. Everything is grown locally, and prepared from scratch. The epitomy of ‘slow food’…something we appear to have lost along the way in the west.
“Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.
A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world”.
For more information on Slow Food, click here
And so to the final two days. Ramche to Lespar, and then to Patichaur, where we pick up a jeep back to Pokhara…until the next time!