Fly to: Kathmandu, Nepal
Internal Transfer: 2 flights to Nepalgunj 1hr & Simikot 50mins
Visa required: Yes if British plus a remote access trek permit
Time Zone:+5hrs45mins GMT
Day 5, 14/06/10: Humla & Limi Valley
After a family breakfast of 'chang' the 5 mules & 1 horse were loaded up with supplies & equipment for the journey ahead. I can't actually believe how much stuff there is and that I've actually got my own crew.
The whole family gathered to bid us a fond farewell & it was here that I met Prem, the first Everest summiteer from the Humla district. Chhewang's Mum advised us to keep our heads covered from the sun & that if a headache did occur then we should take some of her home-made honey (I assume to eat & not put on our heads?!).
As we were about to leave she carried out a small blessing for our journey ahead, the blessing involved three blobs of butter being put through our hair, we were also decorated with white silk scarves.
The path out of Simikot was initially quite steep but after crossing the pass we had approximately 2hrs of descent. The descent was tough on the legs and a couple of times I skidded & lost my footing. Two NGO's (non government officials) joined us to deliver en route essential items to some of the more remote villages.
Today was an extremely hot day, the views...breathtaking, everything here is just so big. Its amazing to look out across deep green gorges, to see snow capped peaks and to lay both scenes above the gurgling turquoise waters of the Karnali river flowing below. The sense of remoteness out here is quite astonishing, so much so that I can't wait to start enjoying it from within my tent.