Ulleri-Ghorepani (2885m) We woke to another clear morning and enjoyed breakfast outside on the terrace of our tea house. Porridge, egg and toast and tea. Sustenance for today’s long, uphill walk to Ghorepani. The first section from Ulleri was very pleasant, with stretches of flat ground in between the steps, giving a welcome break and making it an easy walk. We passed by many homes and tea houses. Part way up, the first view of Annapurna South appeared and it was beautiful to see this 8000+m peak. Still higher up we entered a wooded area of rhododendron trees and large bamboo plants. Having crossed a stream, we arrived at the village of Banthanti (2,300m). At our tea break stop, our guide, Keshar find several wild herb plants, including cannabis and other herbs used in cooking growing at the edge 0f the forest. Beyond the village is a jungle of lush vegetation and mossy trees, with small streams and small waterfalls. After following a stream up a narrow valley with more stairs to climb, we emerged from the forest at Nangathanti where we visited a tea house for lunch. We arrive in Ghorepani in the early afternoon and the ancient village is busy with activity, with trekkers coming from other directions and convening here. Ghorepani is the gathering place for those who want to see the sun rise from Poon Hill, just above the village. That is the plan for tomorrow. After our fairly easy day’s walk we spend the afternoon chatting, quietly reading books and looking out at the thick fog blanket that had completely engulfed the area. We caught a tantalising glimpse of the big mountains very briefly in a wee break in the clouds. Hoping for an evening wind to clear the view for morning, we were in our beds early that night.
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