Chasing the weather

Day 3 Chame (2710m)

As we set off on the trail for only our 2nd full days walking my legs felt really stiff- I had slept well the night before but as per my previous post it’s going to take a few days to get my mountain legs working again.

We pretty much climbed all morning following steep trails through green forests – the route seemed endless. On the side of our tracks we found fresh strawberries which were tempting however I was reluctant to eat them as I still have my sensitive European stomach.

We past through small villages nestled against the hillside for most of the morning but were reluctant to stop and rest as we had 8 hours of walking to do.

Nepal as a country is locked between Tibet and India so the ocean is thousands of miles away. So when you see fish on the menu then it makes you think! Dotted all over Nepal are fish farms that mainly supply the local area. We walked past one that was hidden on the side of the hill. There wasn’t much to see but it just shows how resourceful the people are.

As the day continued the terrain got a little easier and we started to see more people. I took a couple of photographs of some elders but asked their permission first as it felt a bit rude not too. I also gave them some money though they didn’t ask for it.

I also bumped into a loud baby goat who had a lot to say as I walked past him – he reminded me of my little dog at home, Poppy. Pop howls when she is happy so it bought a smile to my face. When your on the trail it gives you time to think so thoughts of my dogs and next years Everest ascent were high on the agenda.

As we headed into our final stop for the night the temperature had really cooled down which was refreshing. The day had treated us well but as soon as I stepped into my room and put my ruck sack down the heavens open and for the past 2 hours we have had heavy rain fall – great timing.

We are setting off early tomorrow to try and beat the rain – hopefully!

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

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