OK, I’m off to do some trekking tomorrow…
It’ll be a combo of the Langtang and Helambu treks. I have a map and it looks like they can be combined. I’ve heard from some guides that there are Tea houses ( to eat and sleep at ) the whole way up, so that should make it easier and it should only be about 10 to 15 days. There will be a Full Moon / Shaman pilgrimage at Gosain Kund ( holy lake ) while I’m there, I’m looking forward to that! This is a trial run for Everest. I’ll get in better shape (although I’ve been sick for almost a month) on this hike and find out what else I need to bring, if anything. Everyone tells me not to tell anyone on the trail that I’m American, because there are a bunch of Maoists on ALL the trails in Nepal, and they’ll make me pay double the fee, or price, Maoists demand “donations” from tourists. So, I’m officially from Dengue for the next few weeks! I’m gonna have a patch of the Dengue flag made up today ( I haven’t decided what it should look like yet) and sew it onto my backpack, right next to the Lebanese flag!
I already came up with the Capitol of Dengue, “Bristol” (my old home town) and we declared Independence from South Africa, in 1869 (my street address in Miami), and in case you were wondering, it’s located inside of South Africa, between Swaziland and Lesotho, but those are real countries unlike Dengue… I’m thinking of making the Prime Minister my sister who has a different last name, since I won’t ever forget it. This is fun! I’ve already tried most of this stuff out on touts and travellers and it actually worked.
Needless to say I won’t have internet accsess for the next two weeks, so don’t worry about me, if I fall and smash my skull on a rock I’m dead anyway… When I get back, it’s off to Everest, my main mission for this trip! I can’t summit it, because to trek past base camp you have to pay $30,000 and I’m no pro mountaineer. So, EBC (Everest Base Camp) is my next goal, but first Helambu-Langtang.