After a week of relatively easy descent we reached Tatopani and a chance to spend an afternoon relaxing in the hot springs there. As we got lower down and longer into the season the lodges we were staying in got more populated. It was nice to catch up with some other travellers (while we secretly judged them for not having completed the length of trek that we had!)
The last two days were significantly more challenging. An 1800m climb up Ghorepani for views of Annapurna I, before a 2km sharp descent the next day. The significantly higher temperature and humidity down at this altitude made for a much tougher couple of days walk. However, while the days were long, we got through them with relative ease – just showing how many kilometres we had strengthened our legs with. Finally, we got down to Birethanti, the end of our 250km+ expedition and happy (and sweaty) hugs were exchanged by all.
The next day was easy, a short drive to Pokhara before a relaxing day by the lake there before a short flight back to return to Kathmandu. Our penultimate day in Nepal conincided with Amy’s 30th birthday, so there was nothing for it but an early morning flight across the Himalaya to see Everest, before a relaxing afternoon massage. Honestly, life can be tough.