Day 2 on the trek was to start and continue in the same routine as every other day on trek would.
6am woken by guides with bed tea.
6.15am bowl of warm “washing water”
7.00am Breakfast having packed up your kit bag ready for the porters. Breakfast is a free choice from the menu made the previous evening. The choices included porridge, muesli, omelets, pancakes, fried potato, and breads of which gurung or Tibetan bread was a favourite, served with either jam, honey or fried egg all washed down with gallons of black Nepali tea.
After breakfast, anytime between 7.30 and 8.00 the trek would begin. Mid morning there may be a sit down break with tea optionally laced with Tang a lemon powder mix.I’ve since discovered that Tang was developed for US astronauts!!! Lunch would be a set meal consisting of two forms of carbs, examples of which were fried rice and potatoes, pasta and potatoes and even pasta and chips.
On some days we would have finished the trek by now and have the afternoon free, on others we would continue the trek.
4,00pm Tea, loads of tea, served from giant thermos flasks, with optional Tang. Tea would be accompanied with crackers, ritz, oreos etc. At tea you would make your selection from the menu for dinner. Most nights most of the group went for the local dish Dal Bhat. This consists of rice, lentil curry, veg or potato curry, popadom, and pickle. Every tea house has its own version and its popularity is enhanced by the fact thats its traditional that second helpings must be served.
After dinner your water bottles are filled with boiling water to drink the following day and use as a hot water bottle if desired. Breakfast choices are made and then most evenings we had a quick game of scrabble before retiring to bed usually well before 9.00pm.
The sun was out as we got up on day two and everyone rushed to take photos as Annapurna South,Hinn Chuli and Machhapuchchhre “Fish Tail” were on display.
The days trekking was surprisingly hot and mostly undulating. A tee shirt logo sums it up nicely “Nepali flat; a little bit of up then a little bit of down” We had our first taste of Nepali suspension bridges, the first was OK, the second, surprisingly called “New Bridge”, not sure when it was new, was the worst and longest of the trek.
This was probably our longest day on the trek arriving at Jhinu Danda late afternoon.
The following morning was again clear and very warm.
Our first stop was at Chhomrong a relatively big village spread over a large terraced farm area. From here our route would be an out and back only taking a different route on the way back from Chhomrong which at least meant that we would not have to go over New Bridge again. From Chhomrong we descended about 800 feet down stone steps the whole way in blistering heat. We were not looking forward to coming back up them on the return journey.
From our river crossing at the bottom of the bridge we climbed up to Lower Sinuwa for a two hour leisurely lunch. We were sat in the garden with fine views back over to Chhomrong and entertained by a passing mule train.
After lunch we had only an hour to go Sinuwa itself passing an interesting sign marking the entrance to the sacred Annapurna region (see photo)
Sinuwa itself was even more basic than our previous accommodation but it did have the distinction of having beehives over the toilets.(see photo). They also served the best Dal Bhat todate.