Day 22 Ghandruk to Birethanti and Pokhara

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Ghandruk

Birethanti

North

28°22.55'

28°18.72'

East

83°48.58'

83°46.56'

Altitude

1,943m

1,000m

Descent

943m

Time

2 hours 35 minutes

Distance

10 kilometres

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Leave the policepost at Ghandruk and walk past a bridge and a rubbish tip. Walk down the 2 metre wide motorway. Pass a chorten (10 minutes) and then a huge landslide (20 minutes).

At the Kimche Guest House [28°21.23'N 83°48.37'E] 1660 metres, the owner wears western style overalls, a present from his son who works in Qatar in the middle east. Kimche has a remarkable 'Nature Conservation and Human Potential Centre' (35 minutes). As it says, not everything in the west is good. This ought to be obvious to the Nepalese. After all, if the western world offered everything we seek, we would not visit Nepal. I would strongly recommend a visit to the centre unless you happen to be German.

Continue down. The Gurung village of Landruk may be seen in the distance across the valley. Continue the descent down the valley to the Modi Khola. Cross a small stream by a suspension bridge ( 1 hour 5 minutes) [28°20.57'N 83°48.32'E] 1,220 metres. The village here is Sauli Bazar. Continue down the right bank of the Modi Khola. Cross a stream in a wood (1 hour 20 minutes) and then descend to the river bed (1 hour 25 minutes). Continue along the bank until you reach the Birethanti suspension bridge (2 hours 15 minutes). Visit the police post and ACAP post here. Carefully cross the suspension bridge which in 1997 was definitely in need of preventative maintenance. Above you is Nayapol from where the buses leave. The ones facing up hill go to Pokhara. ( 2 hours 35 minutes).

Copyright Ian P Johnson October 1998