April 17: Khudi – Ghermu
It rained and hailed the previous evening in Khudi, and parts of the trail were still wet as we set off in the morning. The trail is really a dirt road, at least until Bhulbule, where the road ends.
I’m happy with the camera carrying system that I’m using for this trek. My Nikon D300 with the 18-200mm lens attached (without hood) rides in a Lowepro Topload Zoom 1 Camera Bag, which is attached to my backpack shoulder strap with 2 mini carabiners. The weight is borne on my shoulders (not my neck) by the backpack shoulder straps. The camera neckstrap, which comes out of the partially unzipped TLZ1, is loosely around my neck. The TLZ1 has a handy front pocket, where my battery operated MP3 player rides. My 10.5mm lens rides in a separate Lowepro lens case and is attached to my waistbelt. Both these cases are not waterproof, and so I carry a couple of ziplock bags in the TLZ1.
We end the day at Ghermu, and stay at a teahouse where the lodge keeper was reputedly a chef at a Japanese restaurant in Kathmandu.
Crystal Lodge: Rooms *** Food ****