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Nepal III. - Drive On Trek

Published: 14.12.2011
On the departure day trek around Manaslu we have with our guide Hari met at the bus station. Hari is 38 years old and nationalities Gurung. Although I read that these people live mainly in the Annapurna area, Hari said that his native village is situated in the Everest.

Therefore he likes this area a lot, and preferably all of it despite the fact that here is currently riding a huge amount of tourists.

Hari is a mongoloid appearance and therefore more points than the Indians such as the Burj living on the border between Russia and Mongolia. He has a wife and two children. Older son is 18 now and will end with high school daughter is a bit younger and also goes to school. He said Hari never went to school and what it can do, taught myself. During his childhood in Nepal wasn´t compulsory schooling apart from today.

In the season Hari works as guide, in the meantime feed himself and his family (wife is at home) manufacture of furniture. It is clear that grew up in nature, because in this journey, often stopping to natural materials made ​​a small thing, like a whistle made ​​of bamboo, or climbed trees as a monkey. It is a Buddhist, though both his parents are Hindus. Whenever a circumvention of the sacred mani přeříkává prayer Om mani padme hum. When we asked him what it meant, he replied that he knows. I read the book that it means something like 'Give tribute to the jewel in the lotus.

Bus transport in Nepal is a chapter in itself. We arrived at the station (if so you could say) very soon, backpacks thrown up on the top of a bus and sat down inside. Then we just, in the ever-growing heat, waiting for a very long time (could also be described as almost infinitely long) it until the bus is already filled with even more overcrowding. When we finally went, it took again an infinite period of time than we are, we all sweaty, smelly extricated myself from Kathmandu. We had to hold handkerchiefs from the face to not breathing clouds of dust, which is struggling inside the bus windows. People in the street crowded on us, because there wasn´t enough space. They did not seem, however, that it is somehow still exciting and different ways of switching between them. On our way some little girl slept with head on my lap. Other children (and not just children) began to vomit in chorus. For everything got terrible hot.

Around nine o'clock bus stop, so they can go eat a passenger gave Bhat food. As we had told Nabo gave bhat most people eat every day two times (Hari said that without further Bhat would die). The first dose had about nine or ten o'clock, and sometimes around seven in the evening. Meanwhile, take a little something. Doses are given Bhat more than the rich (mainly rice). After we went, began to children who had vomited, stoke potatoes. And they vomited again.

Our bus was not direct, and therefore we had to change trains in the former capital of Nepal, which name is Gorkha. It's the ugliest city I have ever seen. At least what we could catch a glimpse of him. There was just dust, gray, smell and dirt. And in this town Hari told us that we have to stay overnight because another bus was coming. Because it was not in the plan and also due to we really didn´t like it here, we started to protest. Hari then went away and spent much of the time he returned with it to get the bus. Apparently it could. We were glad, after a while got into the bus, which then chased for some time other passengers, and went to Agurhatu.

The path between Gorkha and Agurhatem was also the chapter itself. Especially because it was the end of the rainy season, the road was still completely sodden and in it were rutted deep ditch. Every time the bus leaned over the slope, triggering a steep down into the valley, under such an angle that we come physically impossible to pervert. Pervert, but it was really strong adrenaline experience. And some passengers rode on the roof. In this terrain, of course, the bus broke down and took some time before it was repaired. Luckily it worked, but the time between the experience again for Milan, who had to resist almost all the time drunk guy who had forced on her some brandy.

The second bus breakdown happened near the Arughat. But this time it was not our bus, but some in front of us, which barred the path so that it could no car or bus ride away. Hari told us that we have to travel on foot, and that it will take an hour and a half. It was already dark. We went, but we were lucky, because after a few steps, muddy road, we came upon a bus that goes on. Thus, we finally got to Agurhatu, which is the starting point for the trek.

Text / Photo: Kristýna Bartůňková

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