The day started off peacefully enough. Coffee to sat and some yogurt while admiring the view over the lake. Little did we know what was in store for us that day.
We had decided to take a walk to the Devi’s falls. These were some waterfalls which were about 6 km of town. The way seemed easy enough and most of it was around the lake so we decided to walk there. The way was great and the day was not too hot. We stopped along the way to play some ping pong with some local kids and after a while finally made it to the falls.
Devi’s fall is named after a tourist that fell in there and died. It is a bit sombre as a name but the place is rather catching. The heat had really started to rise at that time and I was sweating like a pig. When I say a pig I mean a large wet animal that has been rolling around in a salty lake most of the morning.
We saw the falls and then went to see the underground caves through which the river flowed. Caves are supposed to be cooler than the outside but this was not the case. Water was falling from the walls and there were large amounts of tourists queueing to make pictures. We got out of there looking as if we had had a shower with our clothes on .
After that we decided to take another walk to the world peace pagoda. It is a large temple placed at the top of a mountain which did not seem too far according to our map. Little did we know what we were getting ourselves into! The climb was about 2 hours up a mountain. There must have been thousands of steps along the way and we were exhausted by the time we made it to the top. We had been walking for over 7 hours at this point and I was tired, hungry and my knee was starting to bother me.
The views were spectacular but we got there just after sunset and we’re asked to leave after only 5 minutes there. We then faced the dilemma of finding a way back down. We didn’t want to walk back the way we came, as that led us to a road that was still 7km from Pokhara. We tried to go down one path that seemed to head into town but a local girl said it was dangerous and full of thieves. We turned around to go down to the lake to grab a boat but another guy told us there were no more boats. At this point the light was fading fast and we’re still stuck at the top of the mountain.
In desperation we stopped two local kids to ask what was the best way down and they offered to walk us down. Thank goodness for that as the way down was long, extremely slippery and not the most obvious. I almost fell down a ravine a couple of times, Gus slipped and slid dangerously every short while and Ana was too scared to look away from the circle of light at the feet.
It took us the better part of an hour and a half to make it to the bottom of the mountain and another 30 minutes to make it to the hostel. Ana managed to get a frozen bottle of water from a bar and I iced my knees to bring down the swelling. I also took some ibuprofen as I think it will help. The day has been quite an adventure and the writing does not paint the full picture. Did I mention we all got attached by leeches?
The plan for the next day was to get up early, grab a taxi and go see the sunrise over the himalayas again. Don’t miss it! (Sneak preview below)