|View from the hotel restaurant|
The climb after lunch was still more uphill than not but fortunately it was interspersed with some flat and even downhill portions, making it much easier on the legs and lungs, although the final stretch was still a killer. Finally, Tserig announced the good news; we had reached Ghorapani, officially, Lower Ghorapani…the bad news…we were staying in Upper Ghorapani, 15 minutes further up the mountain. Oh well…it did mean 15 minutes less that we had to hike in the morning.
|We stayed in the rooms on the left|
We stayed at a place called the Sunny Hotel, though I must admit it didn’t particularly seem to be all that sunny there. In fact, it was downright cold in Ghorapani. They had a fabulous feature in the restaurant here – a large round stove, looked like it was made out of an oil drum turned on end. A hole was cut at the bottom for air and a second one was made with a “door” on it for adding wood. Around it they had a wooden structure for hanging clothes to dry and around the whole contraption were 4 benches. I parked myself on one of those benches and pretty much spent the whole afternoon and evening there, right in front of that delicious warmth.
|There's a woodburner inside those clothes!|