After a good night’s sleep, we hiked through the same village we did an evening stroll through. We decided to hike a new trail that opened just recently. So we went up into the rice fields and crossed several tiers when all of a sudden, Sonam started giving Prem a hard time in Nepalese… we didn’t understand why.
Prem pulls out his phone and starts calling people… we start walking back and forth when it starts to feel like we are lost.
Yes, we are lost.
After the road was built, alternative hiking trails were built and sometimes they are not as clearly marked as they could be. Prem was calling the locals from our tea house and asking where the trail is supposed to be. Sonam was carrying both our bags up-hill for 45 min and after we retraced our steps all the way back to the beginning, we met some school kids who helped direct us in the right direction.
We were lucky — kids go to school Sunday to Friday. So the fact that we were hiking on a Sunday and had some locals help show us the way was pretty awesome.
As we got back to the trail, we realized that we had hiked so far up the rice fields, that we were only one or two tiers away from the trail.. but didn’t see it so walked all the way back to the beginning.
Sonam was mad at Prem and officially called “friends off” for a few hours walking ahead. But when we got to lunch, it was a joke and all of us laughed at the 2-hour detour we made.
The rest of the hike was generally a plateau with the exception of a huge hill we climbed at the end of the day to bring us into the beginning of the altitude zone.
Day Three Summary:
Start time: 8:45am Total distance: 20.3 km Gherma → Tal
We met some girls in a mountainside village and I taught them how to make funny faces in pictures.
Many people never get a good printed photo of themselves — so you will see some printed and hung on the walls with such pride. Next time I come I’ll bring a Polaroid so I can give them to the kids as we pass by.